VMware Workstation Bridged Networking failures post install of Citrix Access Gateway

I’ve been a long time user of VMware Workstation and it’s Bridged Networking features for guests.

It was my surprise that once I installed the latest Citrix Access Gateway (which we need installed to use work’s VPN) that the VMware Workstation Bridged Networking between my guest and my physical client stopped working.

Guest can get DHCP IP from my router on my network no problem and access the internet and other computers/resources. Except it cannot talk over the bridged network interface to the IP being used by the physical host. Nor can physical host talk to guest over the bridged network IP address.

This all use to work fine on previously releases of Citrix Access Gateway, but since going to version, this no longer works. I’ve reinstalled Windows twice and both times no change. Soon as the VPN software goes on the communication breaks. You can uninstall it and it comes good.

I’ve narrowed it down to the DNE Lightweight Filter that gets installed onto the primary network card.

Currently awaiting confirmation from Citrix as I asked my work to log a support call to them to confirm if this condition is known and/or possible to workaround at this time.

I tried with VMware Workstation 9 and 10. Same condition.

VMware Workstation User Interface complaint

Was tinkering with VMware Workstation and when I was setting a Team found that the User Interface (UI) associated with aspects of teaming you cannot scale down smaller than a set limit. Which is somewhat annoying if you can’t fit the guests running with a reasonable resolution and still access them correctly.

See capture below;

VMware Workstation 7.1 Teaming UI annoyance

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta1 observations and opinion

I’ve had VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta1 installed now for a few days and managed to give it a good test in that time. Below is a few screen grabs which show some rather nice changes to the products GUI, unfortunately I cannot show it in comparison to what they use to look like. Unless I wanted to reinstall it and capture them.

VMware has revamped the Virtual Machine Library window, and I must say I do like it. Although I think the image shown to the right could do with a bit of work to make the scaling of it work a little better. It looks a little wrong.

Further more, they have improved the dialog for editing the settings for the guest operating systems and I do like this too.

Unfortunately one thing I do think that is lacking is the that when I add another Hard Disk, it doesn’t prompt you to create a vmdk that is split or not. This is a bit fustrating, as it only appears to do this during the inital configuration of a guest from scratch. Something that needs to be improved.

It would appear we still haven’t had the development of a network configuration tool to manage the virtual network interfaces, it would appear we still have to edit this stuff via the command line.

On the whole, an improvement. But I would love to see certain things fixed as suggested (and I hope they do in future builds).

Mac Mini and ACD 20″ Sold

We’ll for the first time in a long time I am down to a single system. I recently decided to sell my Mac Mini 1.66 Core Duo. The machine had served me well and was 2 years old. Since I was using it a little less then I had hoped, I figured why not just sell it so someone else can use it more then I do.

I had every intension of selling it in a years time anyways, so I just did it earlier. I also decided to sell my ACD 20″ Display which had served me extremely well. So both items got a new home.

I use my iMac 20″ 2.16 Core 2 Duo for pretty much everything, so this machine will continue to be used for everything day to day. The plan has been to pickup a MacBook to replace the Mac Mini (and use the MacBook for day to day stuff which doesn’t require me to be tied to the desk at home). I think it’s going to be fairly important to break free of the desk as much as possible and use computer via wireless as much as possible (especially when we have kids).

So I am expecting to purchase white MacBook mid-range model and bump it to 4gb ram, since ram is so well priced atm. This machine will suit me perfectly. The way extra ram will allow me to continue running a number of virtual machines via VMware Fusion with ease. I don’t really need a MacBook Pro for the beefed up Video. Maybe I can step upto this at a later stage if and when it’s required. Maybe to replace the laptop + iMac down the track. We’ll see what happens.

VMware Tools, still the best for Linux Virtual Machines

If it wasn’t for the VMware Tools package being as good as it was, then running Virtual Machines would be alot more difficult.

Below is a screen grab from my Xubuntu install which has since had the VMware Tools installed, thus the resolution of the Virtual Machine is running at the resolution I dictate. Could make it full screen, but I still like to be able to see my desktop for other tasks.

Click for High Resolution version.