Does VMware Player offer the "Custom" option when adding a new Virtual Adapter?

Posted on 2009-12-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
When I add a new virtual adapter in settings in VMWare Player, there is no optin for "Custom" where I think I would select vmnet2, vmnet3, etc...
It only offers Bridged, Host-Only, and NAT..

How do I get the option to set it to Vvmnet2? I want it to bridge directly to a second NIC in the host machine, but everytime i add a new virtual adapter it alwasys default bridges to the original NIC
Question by:JohnnyFiveAlive
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    by:John Hurst
    I am pretty sure you cannot do this. I have VMware Workstation 7 installed. I pulled up Player, and there is no way to customize or alter the network adapter choices that I can see. That functionality is built into the VMware Virtual Network Editor that comes only with the full VMware Workstation product.
    ... Thinkpads_User

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    The VMWare Virtual Network Editor is included with VMWare Player.. You have to extract it from the
    It has all the same functions that I can see except it only has bridged, Host-Only, and NAT... no "custom" where I can select a particular VMnet.
    I found another post on here :
    This fellow had the same problem with VMWare Player it seems... he said it was solved by editing the .vmx to include ethernetX.vnet = "VMnetX" in order to designate a particular NIC... In the virtual Network Editor he set VMnetX to a particular NIC.
    I have done that and added that line to my .vmx file but both adapters are still bridged to the same physical NIC
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    by:John Hurst
    I have always had Workstation installed so I have to assume from your post above that the Network Application must somehow be limited by having only Player installed. When I open the Network Application on my machine it shows me the custom adapters. I read the post you pointed to, but I cannot test it because my configurator already includes the custom adapters. ... Thinkpads_User

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    K... I solved it :)
    This is what I started with in the .vmx file:

    ethernet1.present = "TRUE"
    ethernet1.startConnected = "TRUE"
    ethernet1.virtualDev = "vlance"
    ethernet1.connectionType = "bridged"
    ethernet1.addressType = "generated"
    ethernet1.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:68:58:12"
    ethernet1.generatedAddressOffset = "10"

    That was default from VMWare Player when I created a second bridged virtual adapter.
    The "custom" option was not available.

    I changed    ethernet1.virtualDev = "vlance"   to  ethernet1.virtualDev = "vmxnet"
    I changed    ethernet1.connectionType = "bridged"    to   ethernet1.connectionType = "custom"

     I added   ethernet1.vnet = "VMnet2"

    Changin it to custom, then powering the VM back on successfully added the "custom" option under settings :)
    Now I have ethernet0 bridged solely to my broadcom NIC and ethernet1 bridged solely to my Intel NIC

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    Oops... I meant that I added ethernet1.virtualdev = "vlance" and then later went back and changed it to "vmxnet"
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    by:John Hurst
    Good work on your part. Thanks for the update. .. Thinkpads_User

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