I have successfully installed a Windows XP OS on VirtualBox with Windows 7 as host.

The Windows XP guest is able to navigate on the Internet but I'm not able to ping the guest from the host and vice-versa.

I need this working because I have to test a client/server application.

Any ideas how to fix it?

1 Answer 1


You have most likely configured your guest's network adapter in NAT mode.

Shut your guest down.

Go to the Guest's network settings and in the Adapter settings change the Attached to: NAT to Attached to: Bridged Adaptor.

Start your guest

Your guest should now pick up an address from your main network.

EDIT To find the adaptor settings, in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager click on your guest. On the right you will see a series of panels. Click on the Network Panel. A pop-up will apear with the settings in.

EDIT Here is a blog post with some images attached: http://house9.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/ping-guest-os-from-host-os-with.html

  • Where I can find the "Adapter settings"?
    – carlo
    Mar 1, 2011 at 20:14
  • @carlo: See my edit
    – user35787
    Mar 1, 2011 at 20:21
  • Ok, but I don't find "Attached to: Bridged Adaptor" only "NAT"
    – carlo
    Mar 1, 2011 at 20:23
  • @carlo: Click on the NAT - it's a drop down selection.
    – user35787
    Mar 1, 2011 at 20:24
  • yes, sure :-) , but is not present the entry "Bridged Adaptor"
    – carlo
    Mar 1, 2011 at 20:26

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