Access localhost without WiFi

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I have my Macbook and a Windows 8 Windows VM in Fusion 6.

Now my problem is that for development purposes, I need to access a server on my Mac side from within Windows 8.

Localhost, don’t work.


How can I do this knowing that I need it to work WITHOUT wifi. Most of the time I’m in a plane or train and don’t have a network.

While at home, no problem, I hit 192.168.1.nn where nn is the fixed address for my Mac, but when I don’t have any kind of Ethernet/Wifi connection, then what?


Is there a way to set a fixed IP that Windows will see to talk to the Mac side?
My Fusion is using NAT for its own network needs.

Should I do something else? Bridging? What about my DHCP server at home when connected?
What I want to avoid is to have to change the config each time I’m connected or offline. I need a config that is working once and for all.


Thanks for any (detailed) instructions.



Obtain Guest Subnet Mask

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I’ve been up and down the internet and cannot seem to find an answer to this.


I’m trying to script output to include a Guest VM’s IP address and its Subnet Mask.  I cannot seem to find any command that will present it without having to provide an account to the VM (Get-VMGuestNetworkInterface).  Isn’t VMtools aware of the IPaddress and netmask?  Maybe this is so simple I’m overlooking something.


I’m looking for something like this:  Get-Cluster “<cluster>” | Get-VM | Select Name, {$_.Guest.IPAddress}, {$_.ExtensionData.Summary.Guest.Subnet}


Obviously “Guest.Subnet” isn’t a valid parameter, but is there something that would work in its place?


Thanks in advance!