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bitdefender firewall blocking traffic between Windows host and virtual machines


I have BitDefender Total Security installed on a Win11 PC. On the PC i run GNS3 with a virtual lab network.

BitDefender is blocking communication between the VMs and the host.

BD Firewall on: ping, SNMP, ssh, etc blocked

BD Firewall off: nothing blocked

Similar issues with HyperV VMs, Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows Subsystem for Android.

I have created exceptions for all of the GNS3 executables, dynamips, the WSL and WSA executables, but i still have to turn off the firewall to intercommunicate.

I shouldn't have to turn off my firewall entirely to communicate with VMs from my host.

Any thoughts?