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VirtualBox Tutorial - Giving VMs Internal Network, Host PC and Internet Access

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Get more hands-on IT experience and training: https://www.instructorpaul.com/membership *** Host-Only networks has been moved to the "Global Tools" menu bar *** Please like and subscribe =) VirtualBox Tutorial - Giving VMs Internal Network, Host PC and Internet Access You can use a NAT networking adapter and Host-only networking adapter to allow VMs to communicate with each other, the Host PC and the internet. Step 1) Create Host-only Network (this will act as our internal network) Step 2) Add Host-only network to VMs Step 3) Configure the Network Adapters on the VMs Step 4) Open traffic for the VM Firewalls on the Host-only Network Adapter Everything about this video is 100% free and for you! Video Timeline: 0:00 - Introduction and tutorial overview 1:00 - Creating the internal (Host-only) network 1:53 - Notes on VirtualBox DHCP 2:15 - Finding an Available Network on your Host PC 3:40 - Adding the Network Adapters to your VMs 5:22 - View IP address of VM 1 by default with no DHCP 6:67 - Setting a Static IP address on Windows Server 2016 8:46 - Verifying internet access on VM 1 9:05 - Testing connection between VM 1 and Host PC without opening the firewall 9:42 - Opening the Firewall on our VM 1 so it can communicate over internal (Host-only) network 11:00 - Verify VM can ping the Host PC and Internet Connection 11:47 - Repeat above steps for VM 2 13:42 - Verify VM 2 can ping VM 1, Google.com and host Computer 14:24 - Verify VM 1 can ping VM 2, Google.com and host Computer
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kheshav gopi (15 days ago)
awesome video sir . you are really great , thank you sooooo much it is really helpful :D !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Erick Guedes (20 days ago)
thanks a lot.
suresh vassudevan (20 days ago)
Awesome video.
Sammy Williams (1 month ago)
You are a lifesaver. Infinite gratitude to you, sir!
Sammy Williams (27 days ago)
This video just helped me a second time!! Thank you so much!!!!!!
Damien Girod (1 month ago)
JUST INSTALL CHROME browser if you still don't get internet. I have spent days to try to fix it, and it was only this f...g Internet explorer that was not working, and works straight after having downloaded Google Chrome to my shared folder and installed it from there
Viv E (1 month ago)
10:39 pshell is set-NetFirewallProfile -Name Domain -DisabledInterfaceAliases "Ethernet 2" the profilename and Ethernet name change as per specific setting
Lorenzo Garcia (1 month ago)
Destination Host Unreachable
FirstBloodBR (1 month ago)
Thanks Paul, you helped me a lot
TheLoksGamers (1 month ago)
i love y
Sosuke Aizen (1 month ago)
Can u plz ... Give me steps how to make a virtual connection between virutalbox or VMware and host os i.e Kali so that I can use tools to penentration direct into the VM with one VM and one guest I e main without 2 vmwares setup
Epic Rez81 (1 month ago)
I later realized my mom had just changed the WiFi password to my WiFi that gave the VM what it neeeded lol!
Muhammad Hasan Z (2 months ago)
can you share your VB please my VB not work in my windows 10
Wagner Noel (2 months ago)
FINALLY!! Found the answer that I was looking for for months!! *tears* Time to make increase my salary *rubs hands with evil laugh*
Kyle sojak (3 months ago)
I have been following your lab and I first setup Nat network as instructed but then I tried the Nat network and confirmed all the steps but it only shows ! and no internet
GurJinder Singh (3 months ago)
awesome.... I was trying from last couple of days but this video solved my problem in minutes
JJ Jessee (3 months ago)
Thanks, Paul. I used VitualBox 6.0 and after a couple of attempts everything worked fine. Next, I'll be learning to set up a Virtual Server Farm and taking over the world. WIsh me luck. Oh Yeah, I promise to use my powers for good.
Jthymesthree (4 months ago)
Subscribed. Best video out there on this topic.
PETAJOULE543 (4 months ago)
Whats difference between host-only adapter and internal network? Would they work similarly in this case?
PilotOdyssey (4 months ago)
Sound stops part way through the video, sound worked on the fancy intro part just as it got into details nothing.
James Bond (4 months ago)
I have been looking into this mess for 4 hours by now, until I stumbled upon your video. As it turns out, the only step I kept missing was the part where you unticked Ethernet2 checkboxes. Now it works like a charm. You are a life saver, sir!
Sail Mabou (4 months ago)
Thats a great video, Thank you for sharing. Im woindering if you wanted to join those VMs together as 2 DCs in a forest, if you would have to change the dns entries to that of the main DC in the forest. It seems that with a google dns server, the authentication would faill when trying to join the forest. I could be wrong but just wondering what you think ? Thansk again
manfrombritain (4 months ago)
i was working through a cybrary lecture on malware analysis and in order to make a safe lab the guy had a kali VM with NAT working as a router for a windows XP VM which he was using to test run malware. He did it through VMWare so the terminology was different - if you use this method, would the XP machine be safely insulated from the rest of the network?
Aya Jazuly (5 months ago)
its not working, cant access by another computer..
XoXo Bes Of The Wall (5 months ago)
new version no "host-only network"
Instructor Paul (5 months ago)
Its better to use a NAT Network unless you specifically need to connect to your VM from your host computer.
XoXo Bes Of The Wall (5 months ago)
hi is that same speed network? your main pc and virtual machine?
Aya Jazuly (5 months ago)
is this can access by other computer on diferent network?
Aya Jazuly (5 months ago)
+Instructor Paul its ok, i just want to know how you set it up...
Instructor Paul (5 months ago)
+Aya Jazuly I have made a course on this but it is pretty old at this point and probably a little dated. The course was about creating a web server with ubuntu server.
Aya Jazuly (5 months ago)
+Instructor Paul did u have tutorial for ubuntu server?
Instructor Paul (5 months ago)
PAWEKZ (5 months ago)
Thank you Sir you save my ass!!!!
Quantum Information (5 months ago)
When I try create HON I get VBoxNetAdpCtl: Error while adding new interface: failed to open /dev/vboxnetctl: No such file or directory.
Durubala Stefan (5 months ago)
Thank you !!
Kyle Monroe (5 months ago)
I have been trying to connect my VM for months! This tutorial finally did it! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Prashant Tiwari (6 months ago)
any tutorial for the same but for mac?
Senad Galijasevic (6 months ago)
How about this? Allow the client to access the internet and block the host from accessing the internet but allow host to access the local network? I can already do the second part where I disable the internet but allow local network access on the host by setting up static IP and leaving the gateway blank. Would it possible to do this with the second adapter?
Lloyd X. Forney (7 months ago)
As you know VB has changed just like Microsoft changes and rename options for what I would never know, however, is there a way to create vms, internal networks, host pc & internet access in VB 5.2.18?
Arnaldo Gonzalez (7 months ago)
Excellent tutorial! Thank you...thank you very much! In my case, I didn't have to alter my firewall settings even though they're on and on high alert. Odd, but, can't complain: if it works, it works.
Munawwar Hussain Shelia (7 months ago)
good video, and good trainer. great stuff
Francisco Guerrero (7 months ago)
Thank you
sniffergt (8 months ago)
awesome dude, thanks.
Vikrant Srivastava (8 months ago)
Great video! Exactly what I was looking for. Why would anyone dislike the video!?
Sathivel Andy (9 months ago)
Amazing video and great tutorial Paul. Finally, manage to solve the issue. Thanks and definitely will be subscribing.
Imer Alfredo (9 months ago)
Amazing tutorial but when I am in VM's cmd and I write ipconfig nothing appears, also my VM doesn't have internet hardware, can be the windows ISO?
Borbordu Flomo (10 months ago)
thx a lot this video is awesome!!!
Marc Ray Libunao (10 months ago)
Hey paul, my host is windows 10 and my guest is elcapitan. What's the preferred settings to make the network connection work? Thanks in advance!
Mark Sutfin (10 months ago)
Very nice to see this step-by-step.. I'm adding 2 linux (Ubuntu) guests to a windows 10 VirtualBox host. Completed the global tools - host only network add of network 3. Now I'm looking for the equivalent of the windows config ("Use the Following IP Address/subnet/gateway") step on Ubuntu..
Faoud Mohd (10 months ago)
Love the Vid, thanks paul..could you also make a short vid on how to connect VMs using internal network option instead of host-only network!!!
Prakash Reddy Kosana (10 months ago)
THANK YOU. You saved my day.
Instructor Paul (10 months ago)
Xar (10 months ago)
NOTE: for newer versions of VirtalBox, the host-only adapters are no longer under preferences. Now they are found in the File menu under "Host Network Manager".
Instructor Paul (10 months ago)
Neel Shah (10 months ago)
Spent nearly an hour for searching and setting up my host-only network on virtual box, not knowing about windows firewall policy effects on this network adapter. Really glad that I visited this video. I am able to ssh into VM on the host-only network after 2 hrs of battle now! :)
Instructor Paul (10 months ago)
Glad it helped you man! It can be confusing at first...
Alpha Tango (11 months ago)
Paul....i'm in tears here saying thank you...thank you...finally....thank you Paul...
Shuma Dev (11 months ago)
Paul, This is like the 10th video i am watching for getting internet issue fixed. I have windows 7 as host, have vitual box on which I have Centos 7. I want to have internet on Centos 7. Don't need an internal network (don't have any other VM at the moment). Which part of your video should i follow (which settings do i need) to get internet on Centos? thanks.
David (11 months ago)
Hi Paul, I liked your video! But I had a question regarding the conection to internet. I'm using a VM with WinXp for experimental purposes and I followed the video but I was unable to do a ping to google. I tried a ping to and and worked, so my thought was that I'm only connected to a local network. How could I connect to internet? Regards!
Joel Adesanya (1 year ago)
I don't usually comment on videos but I must say you KNOW YOUR STUFF! Thanks a lot, I was able to finally get mine resolved after hours of searching. Bless!!!
Sh'mahyadah (1 year ago)
Was having a few issues at first...but allllll is working well..Thank you so much Instructor Paul...You have helped me a great deal..many blessing to you!!!
Yiannis Serpico (1 year ago)
Hi Paul. I got hot, man!!! Exciting video. Specially last couple of minutes you were doing too fast. I am a network geek and adore such videos. Many congrats, man. Keep going!! Thanks!
Sh'mahyadah (1 year ago)
The "Host-Only Networks" option in my Virtualbox 5.2.8 version!! it's located under "Global Tools"!!! --- at the top right of Virtualbox or File >>>Host Network Manger or Ctrl+W...I hope this will be helpful to someone!!
Joe Rattz (8 months ago)
Yeah me! Thanks!!!
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
THanks Raah! Yeah they change it and its quite annoying. Ill put it under the descriptionl.
Sh'mahyadah (1 year ago)
Hi Instructor Paul...the link to your website (http://www.itflee.com) is not working ... it seems to take me to the BlueHost web hosting site!! But upon doing a lilttle research I did manage to find this https://www.instructorpaul.com/courses/ and this https://www.udemy.com/user/paul-w-hill/
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Hey Raah, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have had a support ticket in with my web host for months over this. I got it resolved today! Now itflee.com redirects to instructorpaul.com.
Nohai Ionut (1 year ago)
New place for host only networks is in FILE tab menu, called host network manager.
Kyle sojak (3 months ago)
Thank you, my host had so following the instructions, it was failing
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Thank you! I am going to put that in the description.
Ryne Stajcar (1 year ago)
Awesome video, been looking around a while to get a local Wordpress site up and be able to connect to it thorugh my host machine. Thank you so much for the clear, step by step explanation. Will definitely be subscribing to you for more videos!
Carlos Lijeron (1 year ago)
Thank you .! Great job !!!
Tim Stafford (1 year ago)
Very good, thank you. Good for using Linux virtually on a Windows!
moardub (1 year ago)
Oh mein gott. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was trying to do this with Linux, and had the DHCP auto assign ip's but it wasn't, and I didn't realize I had left the wrong adapter selected >.< . Great tutorial.
Eduardo DEFCON1 (1 year ago)
hey Paul, Im able to see mi Virtual Machines from my windows host, but no the internet access, Im using the defautl gateway equal to the IP that specified in Host Only adapters , but not working the internet connection, any advice?, TNX, your video help a lot, Note. Im using win10 host and Suse for VMs
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Try setting your default gateway to your home routers IP
Advance Ngwarati (1 year ago)
How can i manage my host only networks cause my vm isn't giving me that option please help.
Thanatos Aeterna (1 year ago)
What would I do if I wanted to link a windows and a Linux VM (Specifically OpenSuse Tumbleweed) in the same manner as you did here? I tried and the only problem area is said Linux system. The host PC and windows can ping each other easy, though neither can talk to Linux and Linux can't talk to either Host PC or the Windows VM.
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Sounds like a firewall issue on the Linux machine! Is something like SELinux enabled (not too familiar with that flavor of linux)?
Greenberry Drive (1 year ago)
Hi Paul, I wish I had seen this video 2 days back. Would have saved me lot of stress, countless Google and YouTube searches, and many, many Virtualbox reinstalls. Really clear and concise tutorial and worked perfectly. Many Thanks for the video and keep up the excellent work.
P. Vivek (1 year ago)
god bless you ! saved a lot of time !
Christine Collins (1 year ago)
Thank you so much, Paul! I appreciate your attention to detail and the fact that you're easy to follow. Thanks to you, I was able to fix my wireless adapter issue, my VirtualBox and both my VMs' settings! And all that without bothering my favorite IT guy... :-) BTW, he thanks you too!
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
That is awesome!!
Ibrahim Nadir (1 year ago)
This is when someone know what they are doing, they come up with stuff like that! Kudos to this PERFECT tutorial. Searched for hours until something COMPLETE like this :) Thanks!
Yonik Malik (6 months ago)
+Instructor Paul Paul, if the VM gets a virus, since it is connected to the host... Will this mean the host will be infected as well.
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Thanks man I really appreciate that!
Raghu Chinna (1 year ago)
Thank you so much sir It helpen me ao much
Wilco Charlie (1 year ago)
Very Helpful....... but .............. you never show the main host computers( running virtualbox software on ) network. I could not work out why it would not change from unidentified network. I had to change the Virtualbox Host-Only adapter that gets put in the main host computers network to the same ip and subnet (only) to the same created in the host only adaptor within virtualbox software. In your case it was and Hope this helps someone and Thanks again for this video :) Just incase things have changed with VirtualBox from when you did to now ( could explain why you never had to change yours )
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Thanks man!
Shaharyar Ahmed (1 year ago)
Can you make same tutorial for host "windows 10" and guest "ubuntu server"?
Asras Lior (5 months ago)
I was thinking that only me has that issue....... Please make it also for Linux users ?
Ashish Vaja (1 year ago)
It's not working
Antonio de Sousa (1 year ago)
This is without a doubt an excellent video tutorial, thanks... however, have said that, this video is not listing either under your "Instructor Paul" YouTube channel (which has no search capability for some reason) or under the udemy.com full course link you provided... this is very confusing for a potential customer... just saying, thanks...
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Thanks Antonio. I am not entirely sure what you are saying though...
Knut Makowski (1 year ago)
great work!
Random Panda (1 year ago)
Hmmmm it seems I can’t manage my host only networks... just the NAT ones...
Lars Madsen (2 months ago)
+The90sBen788 No thats not true. I am on 6.0 and its still in File > Host Network Manager
The90sBen788 (3 months ago)
+Instructor Paul Virtualbox 6.0 ditched it entirely.
Kamenko TV (3 months ago)
Dimitri (10 months ago)
File > Host Network Manager
Brando Guzman (11 months ago)
thank you so much man, you finally solve my problem
Colin (1 year ago)
Wake me up wake me up insiiiide
realoliver9912 (9 months ago)
realoliver9912 (9 months ago)
can't wake up
Sphex Ichneumoneus (1 year ago)
Thank You!
Denzil N. Brown (1 year ago)
You are a life saver. I have an octopus server on my host machine and think I accidentally got networking to allow Octopus to talk to a tentacle on a Win 2016 Server on VirtualBox - this was in the morning. After I had to reboot everything stopped working and I spent the entire day scratching my head and trying to get this setup to work again. Luckily I found your video an it was a piece of cake afterward. I can't say thanks enough. Paul, Thanks. And all the best with everything in life :). You are the greatest!
chinmay swaroop saini (1 year ago)
will this work for any os like redhat ubuntu ?
Mihail Nikolov (1 year ago)
I have been struggling for hours before I encountered your amazing tutorial. Thanks so much for this masterpiece video which has helped me solve my problem and continue learning! I defenitely subscribed for your channel man!
Ali Salem (1 year ago)
eric klooster (1 year ago)
Great tutorial!
GDFLEE (1 year ago)
Bibi Shamin (1 year ago)
It's not working for me! D:
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
What is going wrong?
Honey Bunch (1 year ago)
i got an error. :( Failed to open/create the internal network 'HostInterfaceNetworking-VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter' (VERR_INTNET_FLT_IF_NOT_FOUND). how to fix this? :(
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Do you have admin rights on your desktop computer?
Gurttastic (1 year ago)
THIS! Is what I've been searching for! I don't know how to express my gratitude towards you, I was about to cancel my course in Networking thanks to the firewall being an issue and blocking my connections to my AD domain. Thanks a ton, now I can eat and sleep properly again.
c c (3 months ago)
Same, I’ve been looking all day. Something like this shouldn’t be this hard to find lol
aym313 (1 year ago)
Subscribed I thank you too :)
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Awesome! Glad it helped =) Please subscribe!
Carlos Sanchez (2 years ago)
does it matter what i set my ipv4 newtork mask? im confused as to what this is, or what i set it as.
Instructor Paul (1 year ago)
Yes it does matter most definitely. It needs to make the network it is assigned to.
HeavYHittaZ (2 years ago)
need some help setting up a virtual lab on virtual box to practice for my MSCA course, can u help me?
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Yeah actually I have a course made for this. Here is a free enrollment to it: http://training.itflee.com/p/build-your-own-windows-server-it-lab/?product_id=308305&coupon_code=ITFOT I will also create a YouTube video on this. Thanks for the comment!
can you comment over the advance section in adapter settin? Initially i was connected to pro server and then changed to pro desktop and installed adapter in host machine using shared folder. and internet was working quite well. for the internal communication i setup vboxneto and has made the ip cnfigutration setup for tcp/ip as shown but now neither i am getting ping google.com reply in host xp machine nor ping from main machine to host machine .
Cyber Sentience (2 years ago)
great video. getting virtual box servers to connect is a head ache but your video is good.
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Thanks!! Also thanks for commenting on my videos :)
Joe Echel (2 years ago)
Your video was great and i have a setup similar to what you showed and after following your instructions all is working just like you showed on my system. I have one question. Do you know if it is possible to access the VM's from other computers on the network. I can see all the computers and network printers on my network from the VM but cannot see either of the VM's. Don't know if this is possible but I will try anything you suggest. You created one of the best detailed videos on this procedure.
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Awesome! Glad you got it working Joe
Joe Echel (2 years ago)
Took a short while to play around with it after reading the info at the links you sent but I was finally able to get it working just like you said it would. Thanks for the great help.
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Awesome! Glad it helped. You have two options: 1) Use a bridged network adapter (http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch06.html#network_bridged) or 2) Setup port forwarding for the services you want to be accessible (http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch06.html#natforward). Most likely you want to use a bridged network adapter.
Raymond Murphy (2 years ago)
here is my issue. maybe someone can help. i set up server 2012 and windows 7; i added windows 7 to the domain. i put the adapters to internal so i avoid having a dhcp conflict between the dhcp server on server 2012 and the dhcp server on the home router. i dont actually want to implement server 2012 to my home network but i would like to be able to connect the virtual environment to the internet without a dhcp issue. the question is, is there anyway to set this up? i'm an I.T. student so this is all for practice.
Raymond Murphy (2 years ago)
ITFlee.com thanks! I was a little unsure that's what you were doing.
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
The video I am showing you would allow you to do this
Carlos Belliard (2 years ago)
Dude YOu are The best teacher ever :D
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Thanks Carlos =)
Jesse Whittington (2 years ago)
How do i connect with other computers
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Yeah actually I have a course made for this. Here is a free enrollment to it: http://training.itflee.com/p/build-your-own-windows-server-it-lab/?product_id=308305&coupon_code=ITFOT I will also create a YouTube video on this. Thanks for the comment!
HeavYHittaZ (2 years ago)
need some help setting up a virtual lab on virtual box to practice for my MSCA course, can u help me?
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Do you mean making the VMs available to other physical computers on your network? If so you want to use a bridged network adapter (http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch06.html#network_bridged).
Amadou Diallo (2 years ago)
How do I open server manger , where is it located
Instructor Paul (2 years ago)
Server Manager comes with Windows Server. You can learn how to setup Windows Server on your home PC here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G6ZTu8qANM
Amadou Diallo (2 years ago)

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