How do I configure VMware guestOS(s) to talk to Vista Home Premium as a Host to access DB2 or any other database?

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DB2 replication
Linux servers
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Vista Home premium 64-bit
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Windows Server 2003
Greetings all,

I have a Vista home premium 64-bit, 4GB AMD ram, etc on a HP pavillion Laptop. My goal is to work with DB2 in testing advanced features such as replication, federation, failover and data partitioning (DPF). I want to do all of this with one physical machine (a spare office laptop) hence I want to use VMware to vitualize one to three popular operating systems (OS) such as windows Server/Red Hat linux, etc. I have VMware 6.5 up and running, installed my first guest operating system - Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.1.  I need help with the following:

It is in configuring my Vista OS to Talk/See my Window Server2003 OS and by extension Access/Communicate with DB2 Instance(s) from both server using TCP/IP protocol that I need with a HOWTO. Is this possible? I seems like it should be possible but I am having trouble sorting out what I need to do and how to do it on one physical machine.

For example, I want to be able to see any DB2 Instance on this one physical machine from my DB2 Control Center on the Vista Home Premium that came with the laptop. If I can get this done, then I would be able to begin setup for my list of testing.

Has anyone performed a setup such as I have described here? Can someone share their knowledge of how (detailed step by step, please) to setup networking from one application to another in different OS? If I want Vista to "talk to" Windows server2003 on VMware, what do I have to do in terms of setting up IP addresses that both can recognize and be able to catalog TCP/IP nodes and access the database of Server2003 from Vista machine? 

Same thing goes if I want Vista to "talk to"  Red Hat Linux5.1, what do I have to do?

Finally, within VMware, how do I configure Windows Server-2003-A to talk to Windows Server-B or Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

I am desperately looking for some assistance to accomplish this mini project that I have and any assistance that gets me going forward will be highly appreciated.

Thank very much in advance

Okonita



Software/Hardware used:
Vista Home Premium, VMware 6.5, DB2 Express-C 9.7

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Hi,

The netwrking setup is same as the different physical machines ,you have to given IPs for each systems including vista ,configure your firewalls of each systems if this enabled you need to open all required ports to communicate between the application in all OS .The only thing you need to make sure that you have only one network adapter on your Host OS ( for you Vista) and you have shared this physical adaptor for all l virtual machines .Apart from that if you are using multiple physical adaptors you have to connect with a switch /using peer to peer cable .

Thanks,

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