When you choose the standard network options in the New Virtual Machine wizard, the wizard sets up the networking configuration for the virtual machine.

In a typical configuration, the New Virtual Machine wizard sets up NAT for the virtual machine. You must select the custom configuration option to configure bridged networking or host-only networking. The wizard connects the virtual machine to the appropriate virtual network.

You can change the networking configuration for a virtual machine by modifying virtual machine settings. For example, you can use virtual machine settings to add virtual network adapters and change existing virtual network adapters for a particular virtual machine.

You use the virtual network editor to change key networking settings, add and remove virtual networks, and create custom virtual networking configurations. The changes you make in the virtual network editor affect all virtual machines running on the host system.


If you click Restore Default in the virtual network editor to restore network settings, all changes that you made to network settings after you installed Workstation are permanently lost. Do not restore the default network settings when a virtual machine is powered on as this might cause serious damage to bridged networking.

You can add up to 10 virtual network adapters to a virtual machine.

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

When you install Workstation, two virtual network adapters, VMware Network Adapter VMnet1 and VMware Network Adapter VMnet8, are added to the configuration of the host operating system. You might want to disconnect one or both of these virtual network adapters to improve performance on the host system.

You can use advanced virtual network adapter settings to limit the bandwidth and specify the acceptable packet loss percentage for incoming and outgoing data transfers for a virtual machine.