A multi-homed machine is a computer which consists of two or more network interface cards. Multiple network cards are mostly required when a computer is configured to work has a router. Also multiple network cards can be used when a file server is configured to store data from multiple subnets in a medium to large scale organization. While working with physical devices if you want to make a computer a multi-homed machine you need to purchase a separate LAN card which costs money. Whereas with the help of Microsoft virtual PC 2007 you can create a multi-homed virtual machine that may contain up to 4 different LAN cards in a single virtual computer without spending even a single cent. You can create a multi-homed virtual machine by following the steps given below:
- In the Virtual Machine Console box select the virtual machine that you want to make multi-homed.
- Make sure that the virtual machine is turned off and click on Settings button.
- On the Settings box in the left pane click on Networking and in the right pane from Number of network adapters drop-down list choose the required numbers of LAN cards that you need in your virtual machine.
- Map each LAN card either with Microsoft Loopback Adapter is installed in your physical machine or with the physical LAN card connected to your physical computer and click on Ok button to accept and confirm your selection.
- You can now start your virtual machine and configure each LAN card individually in guest operating system.