Have you ever wanted to demo something in a pub but your software needs to be on a network? Trying to demo something that needs a network adapter installed for some reason? I’m going to demo a system tonight and I’m going to run a webserver in a virtual machine and then connect to that from the desktop. I don’t actually need any wires for the network but the two ‘computers’ do need networking.
This situation calls for the ‘Loopback’ adapter.
- Go to the add hardware wizard and add hardware manually.
- Select the microsoft devices
- Find the Loopback network adapter and select it
- Assign the adapter a static IP address.
- Now tweak the virtual machines configuration so that it can see the network ‘card’.
- Load the virtual machine.
- Assign a static IP address to it’s version of the network card. Note that it might not be reporting that it’s a loopback adapter.
Now the two machines can communicate and you can demo your software.
You might find this useful for software that simply requires a network adapter. I’m told reliably that the Advantage really doesn’t like to be demo’d without a network connection being present.