Wow - this really makes a difference - via NAT I download per 50kb/sec - via bridged it runs with 200kb/sec
I would use m0n0wall virtual firewall instead of the VMware NAT-service - thats what I use and I can only recommend it.
Setup is pretty easy - the VM is just some 6 or 7 MB and it needs about 64 MB of RAM while running.
description of vmx-parameters: http://sanbarrow.com/vmx.html
It originally only had 1 NIC (through NAT), I added the second for testing purpose
I'll try to go back to SP2 on the guest machine, but I can't on the host since it's used for other things next to serving virtual machines, but I don't see this making any difference since it goes fast over the bridged network.
have been pulling my hair, screaming at times, swearing at Microsoft,
VMware, myself and pretty much getting depressed over the lack of a
proper IP and Port forwarding solution that actually works.
I wanted to do was to have multiple virtual machines acting as separate
web servers and have my IP addresses forwarded to each specific VM.
VMware's NAT Port Forwarding proved to be the slowest and crappiest solution.
Windows connection sharing, native NAT and Port Forwarding proved to be a disaster and very unsafe.
days of searching, trying and almost giving up, I stumbled upon a gem
of a tool called NetworkActiv AUTAPF (I know, weird name!).
won't say any more. the tools is as easy and as intuitive as it could
be. It's free, small and can actually be installed as a service!
Just wanted to post this here in case somebody else ends up feeling lonely with this simple but very frustrating concept.
oh yeah! here's the link to the tool