Wireless Adapter not getting recognized in Backtrack 4 running on VMWare Fusion on Mac OS X Lion

Hi All,

I am using a Mac OS X lion. I have installed VMware Fusion in it. I have installed BackTrack 4 in VMware Fusion and created a VM. Now i cannot see the wireless adapter in the BT's VM. I have tried configuring NAT and Bridged.
Moreover I cannot find the VMware Tools for BT4 for VMware Fusion 4 on their website either

I have attached a word document which contains the airmen-ng result and the network interfaces via GUI

Please advise me and help me out in this case as I have to complete learning BT.

Thank You Very Much and I really trust on Experts Exchange
BT-SnapShot.docx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you will only see the virtualised ethernet adaptor in the VM, not a wireless adaptor.

The VM has a virtual ethernet adaptor which is Bridged or NATed to the physical wifi interface.

BackTrack needs to be installed on physical bare metal.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
hancocka, have you checked the attachments provided?
moreover i have seen youtube tutorials where they are able to see wlan0 when BT is installed on VMware Fusion. Please check this link below..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DazRKwQQVu0

And as you have said that that the VM has a virtual ethernet adapter, why BT is not seeing that also? Please clarify me.

Thank You Very Much
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the youtube video features, VMware Player on Microsoft Windows, a completely different environment, to what you have.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
where did you download?
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Which one? BT or VMware Fusion?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
BT
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
from BT Site.. I downloaded it earlier the version i have is BT4-R2, but there is BT5 already
The site is http://www.backtrack-linux.org/downloads/

thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
are you using vmware image or iso to install?
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Hi,

i am using an iso image downloaded from that site..

sorry for the delayed response
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay if you have installed from the ISO, the installation media does NOT have support for the virtual ethernet interface.

hence why NO adaptor is installed or detected.

the youtube video uses a custom vmware image with a NIC driver.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Okay I see.. Any idea how i can get that custom vmware image?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Google, ask in the BT forums.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Ive sorted that out before seeing your comment hancocka... I am downloading the GNOME VMware Image now.. I will let you know if that works well with VMware Fusion, actually it must.. lets see..


tnx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it depends what VMware Product  the VMware Image was developed for, the virtual hardware should be compatible.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Oh I see.. Man i looked at your profile you are awesome! How are you achieving all the stuff??
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
thanks for your kind words.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
in vmware fusion, the virtual machines are composed of a single file with a file extension .vmwarevm

But the VMWare images on Backtrack website are for VMware Workstation for windows which will be a .vmx file.

So obviously this download will not work with VMware Fusion. So here's what I am going to do.

I have a Windows 7 running on a VM. WIll install VMware Workstation on it and run BT.

But i have a doubt, Win7 running on VM is recognized as a NIC Card right?
hanccocka, what do you suggest??
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The issues here are with what we call a Nested VMs.

Installing another Hypervisor VMware Workstation or VMware Player in a VM, already in a VM.

nic will not be the issue.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
Ok let me try! Thanks
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
I tried renaming the folder to something.vmwarevm and opened in vmware fusion
it doesn't recognize the wireless card in the host in either nat or bridged mode.

I am going to buy a wireless usb adapter and try it...
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
hi there.. I have bought the WUSBGC54 model Linksys Wireless USB Adapter as specified in the backtrack site and it recognizes the w.adapter.
I can now successfully use backtrack with wireless adapter
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, because the BT4 VM Bridges with the USB ethernet adaptor.
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brandscoAuthor Commented:
ok gr8.. so i will go ahead and close this question.

thanks for the info
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