I am using Ubuntu on VirtualBox as guest, on a Windows 7 host.

I would like to have this configuration: 1) both guest and host connected to internet. 2) guest can reach host (through ping) 3) host can reach guest (through ping)

I setup a Host-Only-Network on the VirtualBox before importing the image of Debian, and then imported it, and everything worked fine with the internet. I got directly internet.

My Settings for the "VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter" are the following:



Here is the content of etc/network/interfaces:

The loopback network interface

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback

The primary network interface

allow-hotplug eth0

iface eth0 inet dhcp

The DHCP-Server is unchecked (disabled)

Now when I ping the windows host from the Debian guest, typing "ping" (I hope I am really pinging the guest here..) everything goes fine and the packets are sent back.

How can I ping the guest Debian from Windows now? Which address should I ping? How could I know and set the IP of the Guest Debian?


  • Welcome to askubuntu! As this question regards Debian, it's off topic here. – Elder Geek Apr 25 '15 at 16:52
  • ok sorry! is it not the same? it should be the same issue for this specific subject.. something with the etc/network/interfaces ... i should add something there but i dont know what exactly – ZelelB Apr 25 '15 at 16:55
  • Please review askubuntu.com/questions/ask – Elder Geek Apr 25 '15 at 16:56
  • Oww sorry! I've just seen I am using Ubuntu... o.O I will make an edit on the question – ZelelB Apr 25 '15 at 17:05
  • It is unclear what you are asking. virtualbox.org/manual/ch06.html#network_hostonly , basically this is the definition of host only. What problem are you having ? – Panther Apr 25 '15 at 17:13

Here is the solution..

I added this part to this file: /etc/network/interfaces

# new network
auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

then I had to enter this line on the Terminal:

/etc/init.d/networking restart

and then I had to restard the virtual machine!

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