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Enabling, Disabling, Adding and Removing Host Virtual Adapters

When you install VMware Workstation, two network adapters are added to the configuration of your host operating system — one that allows the host to connect to the host-only network and one that allows the host to connect to the NAT network.

If you are not using a virtual network adapter, you may wish to remove it. On a Windows host, you can also choose to disable an adapter.

The presence of virtual network adapters has a slight performance cost, because broadcast packets must go to the extra adapters. On Windows networks, browsing your network may be slower than usual. And in some cases, these adapters interact with the host computer's networking configuration in undesirable ways.

Disabling a Host Virtual Adapter on a Windows Host

Use the virtual network editor to disable any unwanted adapters.

1. Choose Edit > Virtual Network Settings

2. Click Host Virtual Adapters.

Link to w_netwk_config_hostadapt.png

3. Select the adapter you want to disable.

4. Click Disable.

5. Click OK.

Enabling a Disabled Host Virtual Adapter on a Windows Host

Follow these steps to enable a host virtual adapter on a Windows host.

1. Go to Edit > Virtual Network Settings > Host Virtual Adapters.

2. Select the disabled adapter you want to enable.

3. Click Enable.

4. Click OK.

Adding a Host Virtual Adapter on a Windows Host

Follow these steps to add a host virtual adapter on a Windows host.

1. Go to Edit > Virtual Network Settings > Host Virtual Adapters.

2. Click Add new adapter.

3. Choose the virtual network on which you want to use the adapter and click OK.

4. Click Apply or OK.

  • Click Apply to enable the adapter without closing the window, allowing further configuration changes.
  • Click OK to close the virtual network editor.
  • Removing a Host Virtual Adapter on a Windows Host

    1. Go to Edit > Virtual Network Settings > Host Virtual Adapters.

    Link to w_netwk_config_hostadaptbdw.png

    2. Select the adapter you want to remove, then click Remove adapter.

    3. Click OK.

    Removing a Host Virtual Adapter on a Linux Host

    1. Become root and run the VMware Workstation configuration program.

    su -
    vmware-config.pl

    2. Watch for the following question

    Do you want networking for your Virtual Machines? (yes/no/help) [yes]

    Answer Yes if you still want to use any networking in your virtual machines, then continue to the next question.

    Otherwise, answer No to remove all networking.

    3. If you answer Yes, the program prompts you to select the wizard or editor to edit your network configuration. Select editor. This is the only way to delete virtual network adapters without removing all of them.

    Would you prefer to modify your existing networking configuration using the wizard or the editor? (wizard/editor/help) [wizard] editor

    4. You see a list of virtual networks that have been configured. Select the network corresponding to the adapter you wish to disable.

    The following virtual networks have been defined:

    . vmnet0 is bridged to eth0
    . vmnet1 is a host-only network on subnet 172.16.155.0.
    . vmnet8 is NAT network on a private subnet 172.16.107.0.

    Which virtual network do you wish to configure? (0-99) 1

    5. You may be prompted to keep this virtual network. If you are sure you want to remove it, answer Yes to the question.

    The network vmnet1 has been reserved for a host-only network. You may change it, but it is highly recommended that you use it as a host-only network. Are you sure you want to modify it? (yes/no) [no] yes

    6. When prompted about the type of virtual network, select None and the virtual network will be removed.

    What type of virtual network do you wish to set vmnet1? (bridged,hostonly,nat,none) [hostonly] none

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