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Host-Only Networking

Host-Only Networking

Host-only networking creates a network that is completely contained within the host computer.

A host-only network is set up automatically if you select Use Host-Only Networking in the New Virtual Machine Wizard on Windows hosts or Host-Only Networking in the Configuration Wizard on Linux hosts. This selection is available only if you enabled the host-only networking option when you installed VMware Workstation.

Host-only networking provides a network connection between the virtual machine and the host computer, using a virtual Ethernet adapter that is visible to the host operating system. This approach can be very useful if you need to set up an isolated virtual network.

If you install the proper routing or proxy software on your host computer, you can establish a connection between the host-only virtual Ethernet adapter and a physical network adapter on the host computer. This allows you, for example, to connect the virtual machine to a Token Ring or other non-Ethernet network.

On a Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows .NET Server host computer, you can use host-only networking in combination with the Internet connection sharing feature in Windows to allow a virtual machine to use the host's dial-up networking adapter or other connection to the Internet.

If you use host-only networking, your virtual machine and the host-only adapter are connected to a private TCP/IP network. Addresses on this network are provided by the VMware DHCP server.

If you make some other selection in the New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts) and later decide you want to use host-only networking, you can make that change in the Configuration Editor (Settings > Configuration Editor). For details, see Changing the Networking Configuration.

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