Configure and implement VMware Fusion virtual networking components on your virtual machine to connect to other virtual machines in your networking environment.

You can choose NAT, Bridged, or Host-only networking.

VMware Fusion supports only Ethernet-based networking.

VMware Fusion supports IPv6 in bridged networking.

Network Connections

Option

Description

NAT (network address translation)

If you want to connect to the Internet or other TCP/IP network using your Mac dial-up networking connection and you are not able to give your virtual machine an IP address on the external network, this is often the easiest way to give the virtual machine access to that network. The virtual machine does not have its own IP address on the external network. Instead, a separate private network is set up on your Mac. The virtual machine obtains an address on that network from the VMware virtual DHCP server.

Bridged

If your Mac is on an Ethernet or FireWire network, or a wireless network, bridged networking is often the easiest way to give your virtual machine access to that network. With bridged networking, the virtual machine appears as an additional computer on the same physical Ethernet network as your Mac. A virtual machine with bridged networking may transparently use any of the services available on the network to which it is bridged, including file servers, printers, gateways, and so on. Likewise, any physical host or other virtual machine configured with bridged networking can use resources of that virtual machine.

Host-only

When you use this type of network connection, the virtual machine is connected to your Mac’s operating system on a virtual private network, which normally is not visible outside your Mac. Multiple virtual machines configured with host-only networking on the same Mac are on the same network.

You can connect the virtual network adapter for the virtual machine and set the type of networking to use.

You can assign a MAC address manually if you need to ensure that the same MAC address is always assigned to the virtual network adaptor for a virtual machine.

You can add up to ten virtual network adapters to a virtual machine.

You can remove network adapters from your virtual machine.