Jeroen Swart

.NET Architect

VMware Player and bridged network adapter

For a current project I needed a 64 bits virtual environment and decided to use VMware Player (3.1.2). All went well untill I tried to access the web from the VM while working at home using my wireless LAN. I had no problem accessing the internet during the first part of the install, but that was at the office and probably hardwired to the LAN.

So I had to tell my VM not to use the wireless adapter, not the wired adapter. I've used VMware workstation before so I thought no problem. But, VMware player is missing the Virtual Network Editor. Fortunately, this tool is part of the installer, it's just not installed. To get the Virtual Network Editor do the following:

  1. Run the installer with the extract (/e) option to extract all it's contents to a local folder:
    VMware-player-3.1.2-301548.exe /e .\extract[/code]
  2. In the created 'extract' folder, locate the '' file and open it.
  3. From the '' file, copy the 'vmnetcfg.exe' file to the VMware Player installation folder (in my case: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player).
  4. Start the Virtual Network Editor (vmnetcfg.exe) from the installation folder; you could add a shortcut to the start menu for easy access.
  5. Now you can select or restrict the network adapters to be used by the bridged adapter from within your VM.