How to Configure Bridged Network in VMware Workstation?
What is VMware Workstation Bridged networking? VMware Bridged connects a virtual machine to a real network using the network adapter of the host (physical computer).
After you have set up the virtual machine with VMware virtualization, the network settings of the virtual machine are configured by default as NAT by VMware Workstation. Because the virtual machine is configured as NAT, the IP address that you will get from the DHCP server will be different from the IP block of your physical network that you are using.
Even if the virtual machine is configured as NAT, it will still be able to access the Internet and communicate with your physical computer. However, in some cases you may want the virtual machine to get its IP address from a local DHCP server.
With the VMware Bridged network connection, you can assign an IP address to a virtual machine from a physical DHCP server. For configuring VMware Bridged, you should set a VMnet to Bridged in the Virtual Network Editor program.
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In the Virtual Network Editor program, you can see in the VMnet0 section that the Type is Bridged mode. VMnet0 will work between your physical computer and the virtual machine. For VMware Bridged Network setting, VMnet0 is the default setting.
When you switch between the network cards in VMware, the network connection with the Auto-Bridging option is automatically configured.
Open VMware Workstation to configure Bridged Network and click Network Adapter to configure the Windows 10 virtual machine as bridged.
In the Virtual Machine Settings window, click on Network Adapter again and check Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network.
After you select Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network, click on the OK button and save the setting.
Restart the virtual machine and open the CMD command prompt and execute the ipconfig command to check that you have an IP address from your physical network.
How to Check Bridged Network Internet Connection in VMware?
Once you have configured the VMware Bridged network connection, open any Internet browser and check your Internet connection. Since the virtual machine has an IP address from your physical network, it will be able to access the Internet without any problems.
You can also check the virtual machine Internet connection by executing ping www.google.com at the CMD command prompt.
In this article, we have step-by-step explored how to make a Bridged connection on the VMware virtualization program. It is important to remember that when you configure Bridged on the Virtual Network Editor, you also select Bridged on the virtual machine or VMnet you configure. Thanks for following us!
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