VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Configuration – I will mention some details in my article called the VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Configuration. This chapter is an important chapter of understanding that how you will design the network topology. Because you will experience over time after you very well understand these settings.
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Configuration
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Configuration
The VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor program, which comes with the VMware Workstation virtualization program, is very important for network settings. With VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor you can make more detailed network designs. You can do an extensive work by adding multiple virtual network adapters. You will always have to use the VMware Virtual Network Editor program for network designs that you will do on your computer.
Those who demonstrate self-improvement efforts in participating in certificate programs will have knowledge of different network experiences while not doing a single network design. Therefore, I recommend using VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor well.
The VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor program looks like this;
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Settings
How to configure Virtual Network Editor in VMware? Now, Let’s explain…
This image from the VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor program has default settings. In the future, you can change the settings here. Let us explain in turn;
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor: Bridged
With the Bridged option, you can directly incorporate your own virtual machines into your own network. You do not need to make any other settings to get the IP address from the modem. For example; A friend took his laptop computer and came as a guest to you. To connect to your wireless network, you started asking for your Wifi network password and surfing the internet including your network by entering the password. If your home network is 192.168.1.0/24, you will get an idle IP address from this range.
If you click the VMnet0 Bridged, you can see that the options below are not active. We will touch them soon. Bridged to: Automatic, the question is how do we communicate with our physical computer? While your computer is the connected status to the modem through the wireless, what happens to the virtual machines when we connect the network cable to the RJ45 port of our computer? If you want the virtual machines to stay connected with our network and stay connected to the internet, you have to select Automatic.
It continues without be affected by the virtual machine’s network adapter change. If I only choose the Qualcomm Atheros WiFi card here, when I go to next to the modem, if I connect the network cable to the computer, the virtual machines will not notice this change and will not be able to communicate.
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor: NAT
In the NAT option, as the name implies, the Network Address Translation process retrieves the IP address of the physical machine for virtual machines from an external block other than the 192.168.1.0/24 network that you used on your network. For example; It’s the 192.168.1.0/24 the block of the Ip address of the VMware Workstation that you install to your computer. And it receives the Ip address from that block.
You have created a virtual machine and installed Windows 10. You have selected NAT for the virtual machine network adapter. The virtual machine will receive the IP address from Ip block defined in NAT option in Virtual Network Editor program. As you can see above, 192.168.223.0/24 will receive the IP address from the Ip block. And as a result, the internet will be able to connect.
The following settings become active when you click on the NAT option with your mouse. Once the following settings are active, click on the NAT Settings button to take a look at the NAT settings.
In the NAT Setting window, there are more detailed settings. For example, we can do a port forwarding. We can enable IPv6 or FTP protocol.
If you press the DHCP Settings button, you can configure the local DHCP server that came with VMware for NAT setting.
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor: Host-Only
In Host-Only, only a private network is created. In this private network, virtual machines can communicate, but they can not go out on the Internet.
When we click Host-Only, the following settings become active again.
If you want to learn how to Nat configuration in VMware, click the topic called “VMware Workstation NAT Configuration“
Let’s talk about the options that are active here;
Connect a Host Virtual Adapter to This Network
In the VMware Workstation Virtual Network options, we can here enable or disable the virtual network adapters installed in my computer. If Virtual Adapter Name VMnet1 is visible, the VMnet1 adapter will not be available when we make this option inactive. You might think that the cable is not attached.
Use Local DHCP Service to Distribute IP Address to VMs
As you can see from this option, it is about whether the local DHCP server is used or not that comes together with VMware. Personally, I do not recommend it because I do not want to load more of the computer. Once you have used this setting for experimental purposes, you can bring it into a passive state with peace of mind.
VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor Configuration – I guess I have explained in detail for you. To make the complex network design, we use the VMnets like the Switch. After you understanding Virtual Network Editor, you can dominate to the VMware program.
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