Networking in Windows® Virtual PC
Know about the network connection options in Windows Virtual PC.
Windows operating system from Microsoft is a user-friendly OS. This operating system offers several features and facilities to the user. One of the amazing features is Windows Virtual PC. Networking feature is enabled in Virtual PC. Therefore we can enjoy the networking with the other computers using our virtual machine. There are several options available in networking option in Virtual PC to connect our PC with other systems.
Some of the network connection options in Windows Virtual PC are given below:
- Host Adapter
- Shared Network
- Internal Network
Host Adapter option in Virtual PC is also called bridge mode. This option uses host network adapters for external networks. We can connect our Virtual PC using this option and then the virtual card can have a unique presence of the network. In order to connect the Virtual PC using this option, we require Virtual PC network filter driver which can be installed in host networking stack. After the proper configuration, we can enjoy networking of Virtual PC.
Another option by which we can connect our Virtual PC to the network is by using shared networking or by NAT (network Address Translation). One of the major differences between the shared network and host adapter option is that in this option Virtual PC or the guest does not have a unique identity in the network and the Virtual PC or the guest is behind the NAT. Another advantage of this option is that it does not require separate IP address for networking.
Yet another option of Windows Virtual PC is internal network. This option allows connecting more than one guest together for an isolated PC. If a Virtual PC is using this option, then it allows the guest to connect it with other guests on the same physical machine. This option allows the machine to send packets for the destination guest without connecting the system to external network. This can be done by using a software switch. In this case, it completely isolates the systems from external networks.
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