I have Windows XP Mode set as a guest under VMWare Player 3.1.4. The host is Windows 7 x64. The guest's network adapter is set as bridge mode but not replicating network connection state (although I tried that also). I have a program that communicates with a host program using UDP over two ports. The programs will only begin communicating after I ping the guest from the host. Until then, they just hang waiting I suppose for the comm link to work. I have firewall rules set up, but I'm pretty sure the same problem existed with the firewalls disabled. Has anyone experienced anything like that?