I am trying to build a Virtual Network in Ubuntu with two virtual machines who only have the means to communicate with each other independent of the host.

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On both machines I went to Settings->Network Adapter and set to Custom (VMnet 2)

However I noticed after doing this one of my virtual machines (the ubuntu machine) - does not have it's own IP assigned by the DHCP server. It's

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Why is there no 192.168.x.x IP assigned?

  • Your Host OS is? – Francisco Tapia Sep 9 '15 at 12:43
  • @FranciscoTapia I am running VMWare Workstation on Windows 7 – BDillan Sep 9 '15 at 12:54

Set eth0 inteface edit the following file


and be sure it is configured as this:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Then be sure the VMNet 2 (Custom) is rightly configured:

To change(check) DHCP settings:

  • Click Edit > Virtual Network Editor and select the virtual network adapter.

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  • Select Use local DHCP service to distribute IP address to VMs and click DHCP settings.

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  • Modify the third number in the IP address. For example, 192.168.x.0 or 198.16.x.0. In general, do not change the subnet mask. Certain virtual network services might not work as well with a customized subnet mask.

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  • Click Apply.


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