I copy VM's between harddrives and it never fails that the network adapter can't pick up an IP address when in Bridge mode. I always have to (ipconfig /release * /renew) to recover. No biggie.

This time however, I have copied top virtual machines (to separate external hard drives) and they will not bridge. They want to acquire an internal IP (169....). I have tried the following to no avail:

Within the Virtual Machine

  • Disabled/Renabled
  • Uninstalled / reinstalled
  • Uninstalled / reinstalled VMTools (wasn't sure if any of the network drivers were associated with VMTools
  • rebooted

From the Host

  • removed / added network adapter
  • From (Edit - Virtual Network settings) restored defaults
  • Made sure only physical network was connected (no wireless)
  • Rebooted
  • tried an assortment of settings for the bridged (replicate physical connection / or not)

The only way I can get the network connection to work is if I manually assign the IP/Gateway/DNS server.

Any suggestions?

  • Did you look at the "Virtual Network Editor" for any weirdness? You can get to this through the "Edit" menu in VMware Workstation. – David Jun 8 '11 at 13:02
  • Yes, that was where I said I "Restored details". Just noticed that StackExchange brutalized my layout. – pghtech Jun 8 '11 at 13:25
  • Ahh... I see! Sorry about that. It all kind of ran together... lol... Good Job at fixing it @pghtech. I'm not sure of what to do now to fix your problem. Normally stuff just works. DHCP works just fine for me all the time, but then again, I am not moving my VMs between HDDs – David Jun 8 '11 at 14:00
  • Did you checked your DHCP server? – M'vy Jun 8 '11 at 14:20

Believe it or not, it turned out to be the DHCP server ran out of IP addy's.

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    Heh - been caught by that myself! – Linker3000 Jun 8 '11 at 15:38
  • Maannnn, same issue here. After prompting the admin to check DHCP leases he found out we had many 'infinite' leases eating up the space. – Jan Doggen Mar 11 '15 at 14:17

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