In this article, we’ll examine how to configure VMware network settings on Virtual Network Editor that allows you to configure the network settings of virtual machines.
How to Configure Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation?
VMware Workstation is a highly advanced virtualization program developed by VMware. With the VMware Workstation virtualization program you need to have a good understanding of the Virtual Network Editorto design more advanced network projects.
What is VMware Virtual Network Editor? The VMware virtual network editor is VMware’s network configuration utility that is used to configure the advanced network settings of multiple virtual machines.
When you install VMware Workstation, the Virtual Network Editor program will install automatically. And by default, 3 virtual network adapters are added to your computer’s Network Connections. These adapters are called VMware Network Adapter VMnet.
The VMware Virtual Network Editor program looks like this:
How to Use VMware Virtual Network Editor?
There are 3 options in the VMware network settings program. These;
When you create a new virtual machine with VMware, the network settings of the virtual machine are automatically set to NAT. Now, let’s take a step-by-step look at the existing network configuration options on the Virtual Network Editor.
Bridged (Connect VMs Directly to The External Network)
You can include the virtual machines you are using to the physical network that you created in the VMware Bridged network configuration. For example, if you are using the 192.168.1.0/24 address range, when you configure the virtual machine as Bridged, the virtual machine will get an automatic IP address from the DHCP server.
If you select Bridged for VMnet on the Virtual Network Editor, you must select VMnet in the virtual machine network configuration.
The “Bridged to:” setting refers to the network adapters that are in your physical computer. For example, your laptop computer has an Ethernet and Wifi network card. If you automatically configure this option and you choose to connect to the 192.168.1.0/24 network with Ethernet, the Virtual Network Editor program will automatically select Ethernetand the virtual machines will continue to access the Internet.
In the following image, the VMware virtual network editor shows the network adapters that exist in your physical computer.
NAT (Shared Host’s IP Address With VMs)
VMware NAT configuration is subject to Network Address Translation to connect virtual machines to the Internet. In short, a virtual machine will get a different IP address from your physical (192.168.1.0/24) network.
When you configure VMnet8 as NAT on the VMware Virtual Network Editor, you must also select VMnet8 on the virtual machine for network configuration. As a result, the virtual machine will access the Internet via VMnet8.
To configure the port in VMware, click on the VMnet and then the NAT Settings button.
You can do port forwarding in the NAT Settings window.
When you click DHCP Settings button to define a different IP address block for VMnet8 NAT, you can change the network address from Starting IP Address and Ending IP Address in the opened window.
Host-Only (Connect VMs Internally in a Private Network)
VMware Host-Only configuration is used to allow virtual machines to communicate with each other and to include them in the physical network. Host-Only configuration is often used for advanced network topologies. For example, you can use the Host-Only network configuration to separate virtual machines into different networks to better understand the Cisco Routers with the GNS3network simulator program you used while preparing for Cisco exams.
If you configure the Host-Only option for a particular VMnet on the VMware Virtual Network Editor, you must also select that VMnet on the virtual machine.
In this article, we have reviewed the use of the VMware virtualization program’s Virtual Network Editor. In our next tutorial, we will look more closely at VMware network settings. Thanks for following us!
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