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Previously I have configured the VMWare networking by

... selecting the host and adding port groups

Then I went to the VM->Edit Settings and added the appropriate port group

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However, now that I am in the VM, I see where I can go to the following path

VM->Edit Seetings->Network Adapter 1->Add Ehternet adapter

Then I can select a Connection and adapter

What does this method do that the previous method does not.  What does this actually do ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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The first method is adding Network Interfaces and Configuring virtual switches for the HOST. Configuring Port Groups which Virtual Machine Guests can use.

The second question is adding Network Interfaces to the Guest VM, and selecting which Portgroups they can use, which may involve using different vSwitches.

If you want to read more on networking in VMware ESX/ESXi, then I recommend the following:-

I would also recommend reading through the Networking Sections of the following guides to gain a better understanding of Networking in VMware ESX/ESXi.

Pages 13 - 73 Discuss Networking in Detail, including trunks, VLANs, switches, and load balancing

ESXi Configuration Guide ESXi 4.1
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf

vSphere 5.0 Networking Guide

Virtual Networking
http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/virtual-networking/virtual-networks.html

Virtual Networking Concepts
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/virtual_networking_concepts.pdf
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