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Unable to connect to Virtual Machine's IIS (web-server) using Host web browser

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When I am trying to connect to the Guest web-server (IIS) using Host (Mac) browser by typing the url (Guest IP address), the connection failed


  • Windows firewall is preventing successful connection
  • /etc/hosts file on Mac should be edited


Please follow these steps:

  1. Turn OFF Windows Firewall
  2. Edit Mac Hosts file to include this line: 198.168.x.x Guest_Computer_Name (please note that the IP address equals the virtual machine's IP)

    • open Terminal application (Finder/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
    • execute these commands one by one and hit Return/Enter after each command:

      sudo su

      (enter the password for your Mac user account, you will not see the letters)

      vim /etc/hosts  

    Now you are able to edit the file:

    • press i key to invoke "insert" mode of the text editor (vim)
    • write the following:

      198.168.x.x Guest_Computer_Name    
    • press Esc button in order to exit "insert" mode
    • press Shift+Z Shift+Z to save the file and exit it.
  3. Once you have done editing, please try to connect to Guest's IIS from Host's browser.

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