Forum OpenACS Q&A: VMWare
Can I use port forwarding to forward port 8000 request on the host machine to port 8000 in the VM and have my site viewable at my_host_ip:8000? Has anyone done something similar? Thanks.
A standard NAT configuration provides basic-level firewall protection because the NAT device can initiate connections from the private NAT network, but devices on the external network cannot normally initiate connections to the private NAT network.It should be possible though. Use the NAT configuration file on the HOST to configure the NAT device. Download the manual (http://www.vmware.com/support/desktop/index.html) and read page 295 and 330 on how to change the C:\WINNT\system32\vmnetnat.conf (section on [incomingudp] probably) and vmnetdhcp.conf . I'm guessing here, since I'm using NAT on my notebook, but within a network I've used Bridged Networking only.
Goodluck and post your endresult please. If you feel like it, volunteer to write documentation (There is a need for volunteers on this subject; http://openacs.org/projects/openacs/doc-project/4-6-x-plans/)
Better support for vmware questions can be found at their newsgroups (http://www.vmware.com/support/using/newsgroups.html; vmware.guest.linux ).
Do you have a router, or is your pc hooked directly to the cable?
If you have a router, you just configure the vm for bridged-mode networking, and configure linux in the vm to use an ip address in your private network range.
If you don't have a router ... get a router or be hacked ;) Seriously, hooking a w2k machine straight to cable is not a smart thing to do - or any machine for that matter. My friend Russell did a test by hooking up a linux machine with intrusion detection to the net, and it took from memory less than 48 hours to rack up the first 3 hack attempts.
Bridged VMware is a breeze.
NAT'd VMware works and probably works well, but it does require some setup if you want the external net to get access into your NAT'd VM. (Don't get me wrong, NAT works trivially for connections from VM to net.)
For the router, you might want to take a look at CoyoteLinux or Mitel's (a.k.a. e-smith) firewall distribution. Stick a coyotelinux floppy into an old PC with two NICs and you have a router. Mitel is a RedHat derivate tuned for security and ease of maintenance. Both have been good to me.
they have routers that do wireless as well.
Finally decided 10 bucks wouldn't break the budget and got a SMC router/firewall http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product%5Fcode=294660
Anyone know of an appliance like this router that will also monitor outbound connections like ZoneAlarm.