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    I run my company's computer as a Win8 Hyper-V box, so to isolate it (somewhat) from my private stuff. When I am in hotels that charge for Wifi access, however, the VM is recognized as a second device requiring an additional subscription. Sometimes (Marriott) I cannot even get access to the login page because the hotel system seems to get confused.

    My question therefore is: is there a way for me to bind the VM to the virtual switch through VLAN and NAT? And will this solve the issue? I tried to activate NAT on the virtual switch, but I lose all internet connectivity (including that of the host OS).

    Many, many thanks for your appreciated help!

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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Maybe try bridging the connections?
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    Win8 64bit


    Thank you, but can you elaborate on what i should try exactly? The vm nic is bridged since The virtual switch does not support Wifi directly (or at least that's what i understood...). However it appears that checking the vlan box breaks the connection of the host to the Internet.
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    I'm guessing the PC in question is a laptop and you're using the one and only NIC on it. Which would be causing some of what you are describing, because it's recognizing both Host/VM at the same time because they are using the same NIC. The only suggestion I have would be to get one of these, a USB NIC adapter, and set that as the NIC of the VM and see if that works. If it does then carry it with you when you travel.


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    Thanks bassfisher. I guess my question, more precisely expressed, is: how can i ask the virtual switch to function as a router and to assign an IP address via dhcp to the vm? This should theoretically solve the issue. Having 2 nics would indeed work as well, but might occasionally require me to pay twice for access to Internet. :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by aag View Post
    Thanks bassfisher. I guess my question, more precisely expressed, is: how can i ask the virtual switch to function as a router and to assign an IP address via dhcp to the vm? This should theoretically solve the issue. Having 2 nics would indeed work as well, but might occasionally require me to pay twice for access to Internet. :-(
    Ah...your right...good point. Let me ask my network guy and see what he says...off the top of my head, I'm not sure.
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    On the Technet board, I was offered the following advice: "Why not run a vm as a NAT router between the private virtual network and the physical network? Put the "private" NIC of the router in the virtual network with the other guest and link the "public" NIC to the switch. That is the standard approach. You would need third party software to run NAT on a Windows client OS (unless you settle for ICS) but you could run an appliance like PfSense."

    Because I am a bit "challenged" with networks (I am a medical doctor by profession), I would still need some hand-holding (e.g. step-by-step) if anybody can spare the time. Help would be gratefully appreciated!
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    if you can get 4G set your phone up as your Wi-Fi router and connect your computer through the phone to your VPN -- that way you don't have to worry about Hotel Wi-Fi and the speed is usually a lot faster too -- especially if the hotel is busy and 90% of the guests are all on the Wi-Fi at the same time.

    Most 4G contracts (at least where I am) have unlimited usage too so even better.

    Mind you the last time I stayed in a Mariott they had LAN in the rooms and you could connect an additional 3 devices by Wi-Fi at the same time on the same subscription -- the LAN was fine but Wi-Fi was not good in a busy hotel so the 4G solution worked perfectly for me. If you can get 4G it's STREETS ahead of "public Wi-Fi" systems.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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