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Windows 7: VMWare Player network adapter settings - which one?

12 Feb 2012   #1

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VMWare Player network adapter settings - which one?

G'day,

I've been using VMWare Player to run a Linux virtual machine (Mint 12 to be precise, but I occasionally run Ubuntu and Debian).

At the moment, I am using the BRIDGED network adapter settings as shown in the image below. I noticed that there is also a NAT and HOST-ONLY setting.

Can someone explain the difference between the 3 settings? Is there an obvious benefit to using one over another - security perhaps?

Regards,
Golden



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12 Feb 2012   #2

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12 Feb 2012   #3

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If you just need to access the internet chose NAT.
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14 Feb 2012   #4

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Thanks guys : both NAT and BRIDGED seem to behave the same way for me. Any idea why you would want ti use one over the other?
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14 Feb 2012   #5

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Bridged allows you to network shares on the host as well as internet though I have to admit that I have only got it to work with a windows guest.
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14 Feb 2012   #6

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Thanks Kado. By "shares on the host" do you mean the ability access a drive and/or folder on the host (in my case the host is Windows 7)?

I seem to be able to mount any of my hosts drives, and access them from within the virtual machine, using either NAT or BRIDGED.

Regards,
Golden


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14 Feb 2012   #7

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I have to say that I have never got it to share anything other the the vbox shared folders with NAT. I am talking about accessing the Windows network.
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14 Feb 2012   #8

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Ahh, I get you, thanks for persisting Kado. I cannot see any other PC on the Windows network, or vice versa, from within the virtual machine - so thats what the difference in bridged and NAT is, correct?

Regards,
Golden
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14 Feb 2012   #9

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yes that's correct Golden
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14 Feb 2012   #10

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Thanks Kado - I'll stick with NAT
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