Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Issue with Windows 7 hosting VMWare Server

Well, I reformatted the Lenovo w500 a couple of weeks ago. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and loaded all the important client applications: Office 2010, Google Chrome, TweetDeck, Office Communicator, Windows Live Messenger, etc. I intentionally didn't join it to the domain because of some oddities with group policies (ie. I can't access office clients offline because there are some folders on network shares).

I installed VMWare Server 2.0 so I could host Windows Server development environments for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. I ran into an issue with my first virt where it couldn't be joined to the domain. We checked a bunch of networking stuff that I just don't know much about and realized that the virt couldn't resolve DNS. I could ping IP addresses, but the DNS entries would fail. I was suggested to make sure that Windows 7 was a supported host OS. I started crawling the site and employed Google to find an answer. Here's the link to the solution (in my case):

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/253458;jsessionid=9B5D43619406858AAE2542EC8BE99919?tstart=0

Turns out that the VPN client I use, ShrewSoft, has a service running for DNS Proxy that was messing up DNS resolution. I disabled the ShrewSoft DNS Proxy Daemon and it works just fine. Now my virt is part of the domain, my host isn't, and I'm currently installing SQL Server 2008 Enterprise on my SharePoint 2010 virt.

Thanks VMWare Communities!

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