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Technical Q&A > VMWare Workstation 6.5 Bridging

Hi, I've been watching the podcast for a while now and must say that i think it's great. I've seen that you use VMWare under windows and decided to install VMWare Workstation 6.5 on my desktop pc at home. I'm running windows 7 ultimate. When i connect the machines using NAT i can connect to the internet no problem at all. Howecer i want to be able to connect the machines to my eal network using the bridged mode. I tried changing the settings to bridged but i cannot see the machines on my network from my network places nor can the machines connect to the internet. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

Thanks in advance

December 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterGary Williams

In the virtual machines themselves, you need to make sure that their virtual network cards are configured for DHCP. Next, choose "Bridged" networking on the VMWare Virtual Machine Settings. This should work, if not then it could be that your router is not giving out IP addresses or that Windows Firewall (or other firewall program) could also be blocking the connections.

Also, VMWare Workstation 7 is out now, not much difference GUI wise, but it now fully supports Aero and some other cool graphics stuff... along with true Windows 7 Support (it doesn't see it as Vista)

December 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterJamie

Cheers Jamie...
I plan to get VMware 7 over the weekend so i'll attempt to try your tips within the new product.

December 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterGary Williams

ok... i just upgraded to VMWare workstation 7 and have enabled brigging on the network adapters. This meant that the machines could now access the internet. i tried to access a file share on one of the VM's from my laptop with no success. I then disabled windows firewall and i still have no access to the machines from outside vmware. What should i do?

December 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterGary Williams

Check that your bridging the correct NIC's , you have the correct virtual NICs and check your IP settings.

have you tried a uninstall/reinstall? if i recall bridging is default setup

December 25, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

I don't use Bridging simply because I want my VMs to stay within my laptop/desktop and only have internet access over NAT. I know that this will now sound stupid, but give VirtualBox a try. The latest version is much better and bridging works. Also, you can easily specify what network adapter you want to use and create a virtual network that does not go outside VirtualBox. It works well every time and does not require you to make a Team of VMs like in VMware...

But if you are trying to get as much realism out of your VMs, use Bridged networking. IT may also have something to do with your router. If it is not giving out new IP addresses, the machines won't be able to access the internet, yet your current ones will because they already have an address.

Also, try disabling any other firewalls you have (Norton, ones other than windows) and then try an if it works, check your Firewall's program rules. I have got my Norton 360 to prompt me whenever something tries to access the internet for the first time or something tries to access other computers.

Or, similar to what Supernova has said, it is easy to confuse the two network cards in VMware (if you have two), one might be bridged another connected to a LAN segment. If you've got them the wrong way round (like I have) then it won't work. Try setting both adapters in the VM to use DHCP (if in windows, do it the same way as you would to set the IP of a network card) then see which one connects to the internet.

December 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterJamie

Vmware workstation is still much better that VirtualBox in my option. Bridging in Vmware workstation works

VMW workstation 5.5 tutorial should be similar.

Also make sure your not creating a bridge within windows make sure your doing it within vmwares configuration.

December 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

VMW workstation 5.5 tutorial should be similar


December 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

Yep, I would still say VMware is much more powerful and has support for many more guest operating system (95, 98, ME are supported, yet in VBox they run but have no guest tools).

The only thing I don't like in VMWare Workstation is the lag between switching between many machines. VirtualBox is instant and runs machines as different windows and different processes, so if one crashes, you don't loose the whole application.

But definately VMware if you are working in a professional environment. VirtualBox is great for those who want to fire up a quick virtual machine or fire up selected virtual machines on the same Virtual LAN (VMware requires booting a whole team).

What I would like to see in VirtualBox is the ability to Clone VMs and the ability to open/close VMs.

December 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterJamie