Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


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

12 Feb 2012   #1
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 
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




Attached Images
 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Feb 2012   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2012   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you just need to access the internet chose NAT.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


14 Feb 2012   #4
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #5
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #6
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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


Attached Thumbnails
-mounted.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #7
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #8
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #9
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

yes that's correct Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2012   #10
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks Kado - I'll stick with NAT
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 VMWare Player network adapter settings - which one?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
VMware Player Lost Network Connection
Not sure when it happened as I don't use VMware player too often. My main desktop is Win 7 Pro. VMware Player: 6.0.2 build - 1744117 In the player, is XP Pro. In XP Pro inside the player, when I opened up Windows Explorer, Network, I briefly saw my desktop drives (in the Win 7 system),...
Virtualization
VMware Network Adapter possibly not working
I've been playing around on some multiplayer games and it was a lot slower than usual, i tried plugging my ethernet cable in, the LED glowed and when i turned wireless off, there was no connection, i have tried disabling/re-enabling the driver, updating the driver, but nothing i have tried fixed...
Network & Sharing
External Network Access from VMware player
Hi, I have a VM shared to me by a colleague. I installed VMware 6.0.1 and able to start the VM. Now i want to setup the communication for VM so that i can access the internet from the VM using my Host's connection. On my host machine, i can use a wired or a wireless broadband connection and...
Virtualization
Android x86 in VMware Player - no network
I installed Android in VMware Player. Works quite well but I cannot get a network connection. I don't have that problem with my other 6 Linux and Windows virtual systems. Anybody know how to get the network connection going because Android without the connection is really dull. Also how to get...
Virtualization
No network connection with VMware Player?
Hi, Would like some advice please, I have been using vmware player for just a few weeks and have had no problem with network connection up until last week when I did some changes (Windows re-activation and removals using 'Hijack This'. I have obviously deleted lots of stuff I am not...
Virtualization
VMware Player 4.0 - network config choices
The VMware manual "Getting Started w VMware Player" describes 3 choices to config a virtual network: (1) NAT (2) Bridged (3) Host only. But it's not clear to me which one(s) is most appropriate for my simple VM - the host OS is Win 7 Home, the guest OS is Win XP Pro (couldn't be any simpler right...
Virtualization

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App