I am trying to add a 2nd adapter to my VM so that I can ping to my VM from another computer, but so far I've been unsuccessful. The specific problem I am having is that, when I click "Enable Network Adapter" under the "Adapter 2" tab, and I select "Host-only Adapter next to the "Attached to:" dropdown, I am not given any options besides "Not selected" in the "Name" dropdown.

I saw this answer, but my VM was already off when I tried to add the new adapter.

UPDATE: See screenshot:

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Before being able to select a host-only network, you need to create one:

  1. from the CLI,

    VBoxManage hostonlyif create

  2. from the GUI, File -> Preferences -> Network -> Host-only network -> (+)Add host-only network


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