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Can I change network speed in VMWare?

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Hello Experts,

I would like to set my Network Speed to 100mbps from 1Gbps (I see this from BGInfo) however, I do not see the option in the network card properties. (I see only 3 options: MTU, NetworkAddress and TsoEnable)

How can I change this setting for VMWare Workstation for Windows 2003 Server image?

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oops too slow
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Thank you both.

However, I use VMWare Workstation, the link explains 'How to' with ESX server. The info does not apply VMware Workstation (?)

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Well, your KBs are actually for ESX, and the poster is wanting to know how to change the speed/duplex within a VMware Workstation setup. Open up your VMware Network Editor (Start -> Pgms -> Vmware) and assign a vmnet# as 'bridged' and select a specific host adapter.  I believe what you can do is assign your Workstation VM (W2K3 VM) to that vment# in its Edit Settings in Workstation, then configure your host adapter's speed/duplex by going into the Ntwk Connetion Properties and select to 'Configure' your adapter. On the Advanced tab is where you can select the appropriate speed/duplex.

Hope that helps.
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Hi Coolsport00,

I already have what you described: a bridged connection to a specific Network card on my PC. This Card is set to 100 mbps Full Duplex - however, the images show 1GBps. Now is it normal?

Is there an "ethernet0" parameter I can set to use this configuration?

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I'm sorry...what images are you referring to?

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Sorry, I have 3 Windows 2003 Server vmware images I have been working on. Their network card cannot be modified and show 1gbps
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Sorry for the delay :)

Ah, I see...so, W2K3 VMs :)  Ok...well, Workstation uses the Intel Pro/1000MT adapter for its VMs (see pg. 286 of the Guide here: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ws71_manual.pdf), so yes...you will see 1Gb. It doesn't actually use that speed...it uses whatever the lowest throughput is in the network connection of your LAN, between the VM NIC...host NIC....switch, etc.; but in this case, your host NIC. Keep in mind a VM doesn't have an actual NIC per sè, it uses the phys NIC from the host.

Hope that helps.

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