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VMware player 3.1 : create a custom network and assign it to a VM

VMware player : 3.1.4 build-385536
Host OS : Windows7 64bit

VMware plyaer 3.1 doesn’t provide vmnetcfg command which enables you to create custom networks like vmnet1 , vmnet2 etc :(
You can assign bridged ( VMnet0 ) or host-only ( VMnet1 ) or natted network (VMnet8) to a VM by default installation.

You however can create custom networks by installing VMware player by following procedures.
Please see my previous post.

[ create custom networks and assign it to VMs ]

1. create custom networks with vmnetcfg

run "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmnetcfg.exe"

activate VMnet 1 ( to - 7 ) virtual host adapter.

2. prepare a VM and assign a custom VMnet to a VM

I prepared Scientific Linux 6.1 as a VM. and assigned three vNICs to that VM.
You can not assign custom networks ( VMnet2 to VMnet7 ) via GUI.

So you need to edit vmx file by text editor.

edit vmx file like below.
#ethernet1.connectionType = "hostonly"
ethernet1.connectionType = "custom"
ethernet1.vnet = "VMnet1"
#ethernet2.connectionType = "hostonly"
ethernet2.connectionType = "custom"
ethernet2.vnet = "VMnet2"

3. run vmware player and check virtual machine settings.

4. fly VM

an output of ifconfig on VM.
- VMnet0 ( bridge )
[root@sl6-1 ~]# ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr"
         inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

- VMnet1 ( custom )

[root@sl6-1 ~]# ifconfig eth1 | grep "inet addr"
         inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

- VMnet2 ( custom )

[root@sl6-1 ~]# ifconfig eth2 | grep "inet addr"
         inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

I can assign VMnet0 (bridge) , VMnet1 and VMnet2 to the VM :)

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