Zimmerframe
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Newbie here, Disable Xp internet

New to the world of macs so bear with me if this is a dumb question, If I install Fusion and Xp Pro can I stop Xp having access to internet, or in other words if I don't need Xp to have internet access, does that mean my macbook is as secure (i.e no need for firewall or av) as it was with just Os x.

Or what do I need to do to achieve this.

Thanks

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jgl1975
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Hello!

You can configure Fusion with a Host only network.

This way, you will only be able to communicate with your host and not with any other computer (so no access to Internet).

Check your network interface configuration in your vm settings.

Have fun!

PS : If you install SP2 for Windows XP, a firewall is supplied with it.

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New to the world of macs so bear with me if this is a

dumb question, If I install Fusion and Xp Pro can I

stop Xp having access to internet, or in other words

if I don't need Xp to have internet access, does that

mean my macbook is as secure (i.e no need for

firewall or av) as it was with just Os x.

Or what do I need to do to achieve this.

Thanks

This kind of depends what level of interaction you want to have between your host (Mac OS) and your guest (XP). If there is no network interaction required (e.g. for sharing data between the two), then you simply can disable the whole network for the guest. If interaction is required, then the host-only network would be the option by choice as mentioned.

If there is no interaction between the host and guest, certainly your MacBook is as safe from the Windows side as it could get. Nonetheless, the biggest security risk is always the user in front of the PC/Mac...thus, even with an Internet access from your guest you can pretty much be on the safe side if you act responsibly... Smiley Wink

Ciao, Andreas

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Zimmerframe
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Thanks guys.

I don't want need any interaction between mac and xp, just running Xp if and when I need a windows only program. S I take it , from your replies, if I disable network on Vm machine, I should be pretty much as I was with Os X only.

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mtatmc
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If you disable the VM's NIC in XP (or any guest OS) then that VM has no network access, period. I find it best to give them network access initially, test it, and then disable it. This allows me to re-enable it easily if I want to download something directly, or access a network resource that requires that specific client, and then turn it off again.

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