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  • Host OS: Windows 7
  • Guest OS: Ret Hat Linux (RHEL 6) and Windows 7

I want to connect to both guest OSes. I tried to ping both guests, but it is not working. Both guests can ping my Windows 7 host though.

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Hi Kuldeep. While I understand you might not be proficient in English please at least use a spell checker and properly capitalize. Also, you might want to edit your question and tell us more about how you set up networking in VirtualBox, what the IP addresses of your systems are, et cetera. – slhck Dec 18 '12 at 15:18
Hi @kuldeep, if you found any answer helpful please choose it as the correct answer. Thanks – Mick Halsband May 29 at 15:49

I was surprised to find the answer that finally worked for me in an ubuntu forum:

Depending on the version of Windows you used in your VirtualBox, in order to be able to get a reply to your pings you probably need to create at least one folder share on the Windows machine. In Windows XP for example, once you have at least one share set up, the machine will respond to pings. But if no shares are set, no pings will be returned.

(Have a look at the full answer, here:

So basically what I did was:

  • Use Bridged Mode instead of NAT for the VM in the host VirtualBox GUI
  • Shutdown the firewall in the windows host
  • Setup some foo shared folder in the VM itself (c:\foo or similar)

EDIT: to clarify, my setup is Windows7 Host & Windows7 Guest.

That's that, hope it helps someone.

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Adding the shared folder works as well when it is a Windows Server 2008 VM. – tyh Dec 10 '14 at 15:51
this strange solution worked : I added a shared folder on Windows VM guest OS. Note that a window asking for switching on "private network" appears, so maybe the type of network was not good .. ("public" ?) – Dude Apr 26 '15 at 12:03
This is probably the strangest thing I ever read. I too can confirm that this worked with my Win10 guest and bridged mode and without deactivating the firewall. How could anyone find out this himself / herself? Thank you very much! – StanE May 25 at 19:44
  1. If you want your VM to be accessible on network like a standalone machine (I guess that is what you trying to do), check following

    • In VirtualBox GUI interface, under network setting of each VM, select bridge mode, not NAT.

    • Within each VM, either setup static IP or dhcp.

  2. For firewall blocking issue, Check out my answer for another question here

    On hosting machine, in file explorer, go to

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall\Allowed apps

    The above path is for windows 8, other windows version may differ slightly.

    Look for application name (eg. Virtual Box is "Oracle VM VirtualBox"). There are 3 check boxes for the application, check mark them all, restart your app and it should work.

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