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I have two VirtualBox virtual machines: one with SuSE Enterprise 10 and one with Red Hat Enterprise 5. I want to connect through SSH from RedHat to SuSE.

Both are configured to use a bridged adapter with vnic0 as name and “Allow All” for “Promiscuous Mode”. SuSE has IP and Red Hat has IP I can connect through SSH from SuSE to Red Hat but not vice-versa. What could be the problem?

If I ping from Red Hat to SuSE and vice versa, everything is in order and the transmitted packets are received. If I traceroute from SuSE to Red Hat I get

1 (!) 0.509 ms (H!) 14.974 ms (H!) 0.877 ms

which seems in order, but when I traceroute from RedHat to SuSE I get

traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 * * *
2 * * *
3 * * *
4 * * *

If I do ssh -l user from the SuSE virtual machine everything connects ok but if I do ssh -l user from the Red Hat virtual machine I get “Connection timed out”.

Both systems are connected to the internet and I can surf the net. What am I doing wrong? Why I can't SSH from Red Hat to the SuSE virtual machine?

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I think you need to configure gateway address on your RedHat. –  Raza Jul 13 '13 at 13:55
Edit your question to show us the output of ip ad and ip r from both machines –  guntbert Jul 13 '13 at 20:57
A plausible reason is that the SuSE machine has a firewall that rejects incoming connections. Post the firewall configuration on both machines (iptables -nvL, and any other information you have on the firewall setup). –  Gilles Jul 13 '13 at 21:54
fiewall or there is no sshd running –  johannes Jul 14 '13 at 0:13

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