I noticed with VMWare Workstation the default virtual network adapters on the host are VMNet1 and VMNet8 (Host Only and NAT). If I add additional virtual networks, they do not appear in the Network Connections section on the host. This is potentially problematic if I wanted to be able to modify these on the host (ie: static IP assignment).

Is there any way to have the additional adapters show up or are networks 1 and 8 the only ones exposed to the host via Network Connections?

Edit: The Host OS is Win7 Pro 64 bit

  • I assume you're talking about a Windows host? You did click OK/Apply in the VMware Virtual Network Editor to finish adding the new VMnet, right? It works for me; when I add a new VMnet and click OK, it adds a host adapter that shows up under Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections. – jamesdlin Jan 18 '18 at 23:00
  • Yes, this is a Win7 host. – Cuitarded Jan 24 '18 at 22:11

By default it should. When you created the additional networks (in the Virtual Network Editor), do you have the box "Connect a host virtual adapter to this network" checked? If this box is unchecked there will not be a virtual adapter for your host.

  • I do not see this option in the Virtual Network Editor. I do see this option when I choose to set up the NIC in the Guest VM settings for a Bridged connection. But this option does not appear to be available in the Virtual Network Editor. On the Guest VM, I am not using the bridged option, I am using Custom: Specific Network for 2 adapter on VMnet0 and VMnet2. One of these is bridged but when I use Custom, there is no option to replicate the physical network. – Cuitarded Jan 24 '18 at 22:18
  • what version of Workstation are you using? – essjae Jan 25 '18 at 20:32
  • VMware Workstation 14 – Cuitarded Jan 30 '18 at 14:20

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