Guest-Host Connection in Vmware through Firestarter

Following my previous post on VPNC, after modifying the user-pre file in Firestarter, it somehow screws-up my guest-host connections in Vmware. The host, running on Ubuntu 8.04, no longer be able to connect to it guests, and vice-versa. The following is what I did to make the connection works. I had to post this up for future reference, just in case I forgot.

1. Edit /etc/firestarter/user-pre . First, make the file writable:
sudo chmod 600 /etc/firestarter/user-pre

2. Edit the file:
sudo gedit /etc/firestarter/user-pre

3. Copy the following to the file:
$IPT -A INPUT -i vmnet+ -j ACCEPT
$IPT -A OUTPUT -o vmnet+ -j ACCEPT

4. Save the file and close.
5. Change the user-pre file permission back to the way it was:
sudo chmod 440 /etc/firestarter/user-pre

6. Restart Firestarter:
sudo /etc/init.d/firestarter restart

Now the connection is restored. Both the guest and host can share files, access the web servers, etc.

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  1. great blogging so far, but hats off to your picture, the iron man mask is freaking awesome, keep it up. hahah

  2. i wonder why before this you hesitate to do blogging while actually you have tons of idea, knowledge to share…

    well done nazham… :)

  3. Well, I do have doubts at first, now blogging is kinda fun. :)

  4. More so when there’s a blogging community of friends :D

  5. thanks for the useful tip

    any idea how to stop it logging profusely. it seems to overwrite my configuration file changes.

  6. @Oliver: Not sure yet what could be the problem. Will let you know when I stumbled anything.

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