Parallels , can two virtual machine talk? Help needed asap

winuxgeek

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Aug 23, 2006
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Hey guys. I was about to purchase a macbook pro tonight but I was unable to get an answer to this question. I need to run virtual machines on the macbook pro to test software. Here is an example of what I need to do. I would like to run windows server 2k3 in a virtual machine and also run a windows xp virtual machine. Now I dont need to share an internet connection but I need the 2k3 vm to communicate with the xp vm. Follow me? Now I know this can be done with vmware but can parallels do that? Will I be abe to ping the 2k3 vm from the xp vm? I hope to purchase the laptop in the morning so any advice would be appreciated.
 

daveL

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winuxgeek said:
Hey guys. I was about to purchase a macbook pro tonight but I was unable to get an answer to this question. I need to run virtual machines on the macbook pro to test software. Here is an example of what I need to do. I would like to run windows server 2k3 in a virtual machine and also run a windows xp virtual machine. Now I dont need to share an internet connection but I need the 2k3 vm to communicate with the xp vm. Follow me? Now I know this can be done with vmware but can parallels do that? Will I be abe to ping the 2k3 vm from the xp vm? I hope to purchase the laptop in the morning so any advice would be appreciated.
Yes. Each virtual machine will have it's own IP address.
 

winuxgeek

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Aug 23, 2006
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godbless your soul, I needed someone to confirm lol. The dude at the apple store was telling me that I couldnt even run two vms at the same time. is parallels issueing the ips or are they coming from the router that is issueing the ips to the mac?
 

plinden

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I am at this moment in time, right now, running two VMs using Parallels - XP and Fedora Core 5. One has the IP address 192.168.0.3, the other has the IP address 192.168.0.6 (the Mac is 192.168.0.2) - the IP addresses are issued by DHCP on the router. I can ping and access Apache that's running on the Fedora VM, and ssh into it.

The only issue is the amount of RAM needed - CPU usage is generally 10-20%