In this article, we’ll examine step by step how to configure the Custom Specific Virtual Network connection, one of the VMware Workstation network settings.
How to Configure Custom Specific Virtual Network in VMware Workstation?
When you install the VMware Workstation virtualization program, VMnet is created for Bridged, NAT, and Host-Only network connections on the Virtual Network Editor.
Once you have created a new virtual machine on VMware, you should first check the Virtual Network Editor. You can then select Bridged, NAT, and Host-Only from the network adapter’s settings for the virtual machine.
The VMware Custom Specific network configuration is exactly the same as the other VMnet network settings. But in some cases, you can configure the Custom Networking to add the virtual machine to a program and avoid complexity.
For example, you created a new VMnet5 on the Virtual Network Editor and configured it as Bridged. Therefore, you should configure the virtual machine network configuration as VMnet5.
How to Use Custom Specific Virtual Network on VMware Workstation 12/14?
The first default configuration on the Virtual Network Editor is as follows. VMnet0, VMnet1 and VMnet8 are automatically configured by VMware.
In this window, VMnet1 is configured as Host-Only.
Follow the steps below to configure the custom specific virtual network on VMware Workstation.
Name the two virtual machines that you installed on VMware as Client1 and Client2, and click Network Adapter to configure the Client1 virtual machine’s network card configuration.
When you select the Custom Specific Virtual Network option, you will see the VMnets you created as shown below. Select VMnet1 for the Client1 virtual machine.
Select VMnet1 for the Client2 virtual machine.
After configuring Custom Specific Virtual Network for both virtual machines, test the network connection by pinging Client2 from the Client1 virtual machine.
If Ping fails, disable Windows Firewall on both virtual machines.
Likewise, check the network connection by pinging Client1 from the Client2 virtual machine.
Since you configured the Client1 and Client2 virtual machines on the same VMnet1, both virtual machines communicated with each other. If you configured the Client2 virtual machine on another VMnet6/Host-Only, the virtual machines would not be connected.
You can think of the VMnet/Host-Only setting you created on the Virtual Network Editor as a Switch. Therefore, you can create advanced network topologies by configuring Custom Network on VMware. For example, in the GNS3 program, you can communicate with virtual machines on two different networks using a Cisco Router.
In this article, we have discussed how to use the Custom Specific Virtual Network on VMware step by step. With VMware Custom Specific Network configuration, you can assign IP addresses from different IP blocks to virtual machines. Thanks for following us!
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