Networking with a VPC in Windows Vista
For my talk at the SF launch I need to do a demo of a client computer calling a SharePoint server. Since I have one computer to do this on, I have to run the server inside a VPC and install the client software on the host computer. Then I need to use the Microsoft Loopback Adapter to connect these two. Here is the details on how to install and configure the Microsoft Loopback Adapter on Windows Vista.
1. Install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter
Control Panel à Add Hardware à Click Next on the “Welcome to Add Hardware Wizard”
On the page that comes up click the “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list” button then click Next à Choose Network adapters click Next à Under Manufacturer choose Microsoft Under Network Adapter choose Microsoft Loopback Adapter. Click Next à Click Next …
2.Assign a static IP Address to the Microsoft Loopback Adapter
Start à Control Panel à Manage Network Connections à You see a new network registered with a name like “Local Area Connection 2 Unidentified Network Microsoft Loopback Adapter” à right click it and select Properties à click on TCP/IPv4 à click Properties à Click use the following IP address à enter 192.168.1.10 (of course the two first numbers are what is important) for the IP Address and 255.255.255.0 for the subnet mask à Click OK.