You can change the settings of a virtual network adapter that is currently used by a virtual machine.

Familiarize yourself with the network configuration types. See Understanding Common Networking Configurations.

1

Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.

2

On the Hardware tab, select the virtual network adapter.

3

Select the virtual network adapter type.

You cannot select a custom network or LAN segment for a shared virtual machine. For a remote virtual machine, you must select a custom network.

Option

Description

Bridged

The virtual machine is connected to the network by using the network adapter on the host system. The virtual machine has a unique identity on the network, separate from and unrelated to the host system.

NAT

The virtual machine and the host system share a single network identity that is not visible on the external network. When the virtual machine sends a request to access a network resource, it appears to the network resource as if the request is coming from the host system.

Host-only

The virtual machine and the host virtual network adapter are connected to a private Ethernet network. The network is completely contained within the host system.

Custom

Select a custom network from the drop-down menu. Although VMnet0, VMnet1, and VMnet8 might be available in this list, these networks are usually used for bridged, host-only, and NAT networks.

LAN segment

Select a LAN segment from the drop-down menu. A LAN segment is a private network that is shared by other virtual machines.

4

Click OK to save your changes.

5

Verify that the guest operating system is configured to use an appropriate IP address on the new network.

a

If the virtual machine is using DHCP, release and renew the lease.

b

If the IP address is set statically, verify that the guest operating system has an address on the correct virtual network.