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Networking

Networking

VMware Workstation provides virtual networking components that let you create a wide range of configurations.

You can choose the most common configurations - bridged networking, network address translation (NAT) and host-only networking - in the New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts) when you create a virtual machine. The wizard then connects the proper components for you automatically.

You can set up more specialized configurations by choosing the appropriate settings in the Configuration Editor and on your host computer.

On a Windows host, the software needed for all networking configurations is installed when you install VMware Workstation. On a Linux host, all components are available if you choose to have both bridged and host-only networking available to your virtual machines at the time you install VMware Workstation.

The first sections of this chapter give you a quick look at the virtual networking components that VMware Workstation provides and show how you can use them with your virtual machine. The rest of the chapter provides more detail on some networking capabilities and specialized configurations.

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