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There was a similar question 2 years ago, but everyone confused guest/host OS.

After installing VirtualBox on my Windows 7 box, I can no longer ping it or access it from anywhere within the LAN. To be clear, I cannot access/ping the Host machine. I can still use my host to access any other computer on the network or browse the internet.

From what I can see, VirtualBox installed a virtual network card. enter image description here

The moment I right click and disable it, my Host OS is suddenly accessible and can be pinged within the network.

How can I resolve this problem (short of uninstalling VirtualBox)?

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What happens when you try to ping it? Does ARP work? Does a ping get sent? –  David Schwartz Mar 20 '13 at 16:54
@DavidSchwartz The ping just times out. As in Request timed out. –  AngryHacker Mar 20 '13 at 17:03
Right, but does the ping get sent? Does ARP work? What happens? (Request timed out is just telling you that you didn't get a reply. The next thing you have to do is look to see how far you got.) –  David Schwartz Mar 20 '13 at 17:11
@DavidSchwartz So I terminal into a random box on the network and attempt to ping my box (e.g. host box). The ping fails with Request timed out. I am not sure how to tell whether ARP works. I can tell you that I can ping my host OS from the guest OS - that works fine. –  AngryHacker Mar 20 '13 at 17:34
Does the ping get sent though? Does the machine you are pinging receive the ping? Does it send a response? You need to do some troubleshooting. –  David Schwartz Mar 20 '13 at 17:42
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Apparently you are using VirtualBox in Host-Only Network mode. That means, that the VMs can communicate with each other and the host but not the outside world. Try changing the Network Settings to Bridge mode.

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Do I change the network settings on the Settings for the Virtual Machine or in Preferences/Network in the VirtualBox Manager? And specifically what do I change? –  AngryHacker Mar 20 '13 at 16:18
@AngryHacker: See the line in the linked-to instructions that start with "To change a virtual machine's virtual network interface to "host only" mode:" -- you can probably do something similar to put it into a non-"Host-only networking" mode. –  martineau Mar 20 '13 at 17:27
@martineau That was the plan, but I can't find anywhere in the article an explanation on how to take the driver from host only mode. –  AngryHacker Mar 20 '13 at 17:38
@AngryHacker: right click the stopped VM, choose "Settings". In the new window select "Network" in the right column. In the right column where it says "Attached to" change from "Host-only Adapter" to "NAT" or "Bridge Adapter". –  Simon Mar 21 '13 at 7:22
@Simon All that does is change the connection method on a specific Virtual Machine. The actual network card is still Host Only (as u see in the screenshot). –  AngryHacker Mar 21 '13 at 18:24
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