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Simple question I guess: am I able to have a Win7 VM use a VPN whilst my host OS (most probably Win7 as well) isn't?

Essentially, when I want to use an encrypted VPN connection I want to be able to load up my VM whilst still maintaining regular browsing through my host OS?

Any help appreciated :)

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This is my primary reason for using VMs; so I don't have to install awful software like CheckPoint – Ciaran Feb 5 '11 at 19:57

Yes, this works perfectly fine and it is what I do (VMWare Workstation) on many occasions, especially when doing a contract job with a company where I do not want all their software on my machine (many insist on having their VPN, AV and more!)

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Seconded - I run Windows XP in Virtualbox on a laptop running Fedora 14 and use OpenVPN to connect back into work. This configuration lets me support some of the Windows-based apps we use. – Linker3000 Feb 5 '11 at 14:10

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