NIC problems in VPC 2007 and Virtual Server 2005 in Windows 7

by Marin Franković on 28 March, 2009

NICAbout 10 days ago I was forced to reinstall my laptop. I had Windows 7 BETA on it and Outlook 2007 was giving me a headache! I backed up all my data and reformatted hard drive and installed fresh installation of Windows 7. Few hours later, all my applications were up and running and I could continue my work.

I did not use Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005 SP1 R2 until yesterday. All this is relevant for 64 bit installation of Windows 7 and Virtual PC and Server applications.

After starting one of my virtual machines (Windows XP Sp3) I noticed that there is no external network connectivity. My external network card was not showing up in the Network settings of Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005.


I did a quick search and found out couple of solutions on this page. To save you the trip on that page here are solutions:


Solution # 1

  • Start – Control Panel
  • Open Networking
  • Open Properties of the network card
  • Put check mark on Virtual Machine Network Service

Solution # 2

  • Start – Control Panel
  • Open Networking
  • Open Properties of the network card
  • Select Virtual machine Network Service
  • Select Uninstall
  • REBOOT (Important)
  • Open properties of network card again
  • Select Install – Service – Virtual Machine Network card

Unfortunately, none of these solutions worked for me. After few re-installations of Virtual Services, un-installations of network cards and reboots I was on a verge of yet another OS re-installation. But then I decided to install network card drivers that are designed for Vista Enterprise 64 bit. And guess what, everything worked like a charm!

This shows that simplest solutions are not always most obvious!


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