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OS X Lion (10.7) running a VM of Windows 7. Tried both VirtualBox and Parallels and the problem is 100% the same between them.
Require a VPN connection to work from Windows machine. VPN is PPTP type.
- Home, Time Capsule for a router
- In-Laws, Unknown brand
- Mothers, 2Wire router
At the In-laws and my Mothers house the VM will not recognize the internet when using a Bridged network connection. It connects to the network, but tells me that there is "No Internet Connection". Caveat, 99.99% of the time this is true but occasionally for no reason that I can discern, the network is recognized and connects to the internet. If it connects, the VPN works flawlessly until I put the VM or the Host (OS X) to sleep or reboot.
If I switch to using a Shared Network (NAT) the internet works fine on the VM, but I cannot connect to the VPN. It gets to "Verifying Username and Password" and never goes farther. I have seen explanations online that this is ALWAYS true of a PPTP VPN on a VM, but I don't know if that is true.
At my house, it works perfect in the VM using Bridged Networking.
I might be able to get control over the routers at the in-laws and my mom's house, but not sure. Mainly I want to know what the problem is and whether I can fix it without accessing the router for the simple fact of possibly working from coffee-houses or libraries. If home is the only place my VPN will work then I can't really be mobile easily.