So, I used to be able to do this thing, where my VMs would have a static IP address assigned when i created them. They had access to the internet, and I distinctly remember that it always sets your gateway to xxx.xxx.xxx.2.

I'm running VMWare workstation. I also remember I didn't need to go Virtual Network Editor to do it, it took minimal setup but I just don't remember what it was. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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  • If you want to use DHCP reservation for VMs using NAT, see Assigning fixed IP by DHCP in VMWare Workstation.
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Any machine you make (I make all my VMs as that is easier and better), the VM Network is never static by default (all the way back to VMware Workstation V1).

If you downloaded a VM, the instructions below will let you make a static IP or change what is there to static IP.

The easiest way to do this is to open the settings of the VM. VM should be off. Set the network type to Bridged. NAT is default.

Now when you start the VM you will get an IP on your router.

You can set the VM to Static IP.

Remember to give the IP a DNS server address and a gateway address,

You can also use DHCP reservation on your router. I prefer this.

All I described works. I have VMware Workstation Pro V17 and numerous guest machines

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