Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Install and use Microsoft Loopback Adapter

I am using a Virtual PC with MOSS 2007 installed and sometimes i am working on the pc without having any network connection.
To make this work, you can install and configure the Microsoft Loopback Adapter.

Jose Barreto wrote about installation and configuration in his blog and its done like this:
  1. Go to Start, Control Panel, Add Hardware. Click Next.
  2. When the Is the hardware connected? dialog box appears, click Yes, I have already connected the hardware, and then click Next.
  3. In the Installed hardware list, click Add a new hardware device, and then click Next.
  4. In the What do you want the wizard to do? list, click Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced), and then click Next.
  5. In the Common hardware types list, click Network adapters, and then click Next.
  6. In the Manufacturer list, click Microsoft.
  7. In the Network Adapter list, click Microsoft Loopback Adapter, and then click Next twice.
  8. If a message about driver signing appears, click Continue Anyway.
  9. In the Completing the Add Hardware Wizard dialog box, click Finish, and then click OK.
  10. To configure the adapter settings, go to Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, Loopback Adapter Connection.
  11. Then click properties, click on "Internet Properties (TCP/IP)" and click Properties.I configured my Loopback adapter with a fixed IP of 10.255.255.1 with a 255.255.255.0 mask. I left the default gateway blank on that adapter, so that it uses the other (DHCP-enabled) adapter to get out.
Thats it!

Link to Jose Barreto's blog: http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2006/11/07/installing-rtm.aspx

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