I am running Windows 7 on my laptop, but I want to experiment with different virtual appliances.

Here is what finally worked:

  • installed Virtualbox on the laptop
  • created a new Windows VM and installed Server 2008 R2
  • installed Xampplite on the VM
  • installed OWL on Xampp
  • on the VM, browsed http://localhost/ and all was well
  • on the VM executed ipconfig /all in a command window to see the assigned IP
  • it was some oddball number because the default network connection is NAT
  • changed the VM net connection to bridged
  • now the IP is coming from my LAN DHCP
  • started a browser on the host laptop and tried to browse to the IP
  • timed out
  • pings work!
  • eventually realized that it was the windows firewall on the VM preventing Apache from talking
  • on the VM allowed httpd to traverse the firewall

TADA! Now the host browser can use the VM server

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