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I have VMWare workstation 8 with a few Linux guests. I have had problems maintaining an active SSH connection to my VMs when they are in bridged mode. I first read that the onboard realtek network cards were not well supported so I bought a Intel Pro/1000 GT card. This supposedly had support. But this made no difference. Connections via SSH are active for about the first 3 minutes then hang and die. I have changed the TCP Checksum offload on the Intel and Realtek NICs, but this only works some of the time and even then not for very long. The best I could do was about 20 minutes before the connection was dropped. Any ideas?

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My connections sit open for weeks to one VM. Where are you connecting from? Are you crossing a NAT? – Zoredache Sep 12 '12 at 15:37
Are you virtual NICs of VM connected to same Virtual Switch or each NIC is connected to separate Virtual switch? – Serhiy Sep 12 '12 at 17:00
This is my desktop. I tend to install the OS without a gui so I need shell access. The network is configure as bridged. There is nothing special about the virtual NICs, I have made no changes to the default setup. The OS and the VMs are using the Intel Pro/1000. – oljones Sep 13 '12 at 12:55

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