Configuring VMware Network Connections Types

The virtual networking components in VMware Workstation and Player include the virtual switches, virtual network adapters, virtual DHCP server, and NAT device. You can configure any of the following types of VMware network connections for a virtual machine:

  • Bridged
  • NAT
  • Host-only
  • Custom

Let’s understand and configure each of the VMware network connections in detail.

Bridged

It connects a virtual machine to a network by using the network adapter on the host system. If the host system is on a network, this option is often the easiest way to allow the virtual machine to access to the physical network as well as the Internet.

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To configure the bridged networking between virtual machines and the host system, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Select the virtual machine and open Virtual Machine Settings options.
  2. On the Virtual Machine Settings window, under the Hardware tab, select Network Adapter in the left pane, and then select the Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network.Configure Bridged network in VMware workstation

Note: If you use the virtual machine on a laptop, select the Replicate physical network connection state check box. This setting allows the IP address to be renewed when you move from one wired/wireless network to another.

NAT

In this option, the virtual machines get the IP address and other TCP/IP settings from the virtual DHCP server. This is the default selection for the all virtual machines in VMware Workstation. The following figure shows the NAT network connection in VMware Workstation.Configure NAT network connection in VMware workstation

Host-only

It creates a network that provides a network connection between the virtual machines and the host system by using a virtual network adapter.

To configure the host-only networking, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. On the Virtual Machine Settings window under the Hardware tab, select Network Adapter in the left pane.
  2. Select the Host-only: A private network shared with the host radio button and click OK to close the Virtual Machine Settings  as shown in the following figure.Configure VMware Network connections

The Custom and LAN segment are two other available options in VMware Workstation. The Custom option allows you to add the virtual machines in a specific virtual network. You can think a custom network as a separate virtual switch. The LAN segment allows you to create a separate LAN segment with the custom incoming and outgoing bandwidth. To set the desired bandwidth for a LAN segment in VMware Workstation, click Advanced and set the desired values as shown in the following figure. Create a LAN segment in VMware

Note: Some of the VMware network connections may diifer depending on the version of VMware Workstaion/Plyaer being used.

Adding a Virtual Network Adapter

When you create a new virtual machine, a virtual network adapter for the virtual machine is automatically created. If it is not added automatically or removed accidently, you can add a new virtual adapter to a guest operating system at any time.

To add a virtual network adapter to a virtual machine in VMware Workstation or Player, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. On the Virtual Machine Settings window under the Hardware tab, click Add.
  2. On the Hardware Type page, select Network Adapter, and then click Next.
  3. On the Network Adapter Type page, select any of the Network connection, such as Host-only, and then click Finish.Add a virtual network adapter in VMware Workstation

That’s all you need to understand and configure VMware network connections. We hope you found this article useful for you. Do share to others to help them to understand and configure the virtual network connection types in VMware Workstation and VMware Player.

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