[Samba] PGina & Samba

Alex Satrapa alex.satrapa at apf.edu.au
Thu Mar 10 03:18:04 GMT 2005

On 10 Mar 2005, at 13:37, Paul Barnick wrote:

> Does it allow you to use the Linux portion of your computer to act as 
> a DHCP
> server and assign different IP addresses to the different windows
> workstations, all on the same computer?

Yes. Believe it.

The slightly longer answer:

VMWare can use virtual point-to-point networks to communicate between 
the host and guest operating systems, and each guest operating system 
can have virtual ethernet interface(s) on your real Ethernet network.

The longer answer:

VMWare on Linux uses virtual interfaces, and can be configured with 
what is called a "full internal network" - meaning that the interfaces 
are virtual devices of which your host operating system sees one end, 
the guest operating system the other. The devices look like an Ethernet 
interface, and perform the role of a dedicated ethernet card in the 
"host" and "guest" hardware, connected by a crossover cable. That is, 
the virtual ethernet card provides a point to point link between the 
two systems.

You can also configure VMWare to have virtual interfaces on the real 
Ethernet network. This ends up putting your physical network card in 
promiscuous mode, with each VMWare machine checking every packet and 
giving its guest OS those packets that have the right MAC address for 
that virtual Ethernet card.

So you could conceivably configure your host operating system as a DHCP 
server and IP router for the virtual machines running inside it.


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