VMWorkstation 11 NIC usage

I have a server with 48gb ram, 4 - 10/100/1000 NIC ports and 2 quad core Xeon CPUs. I have installed VmWorstation 11.0 and I created 4 vm's. Allocating the amount of ram and CPU and HDD to each VM is pretty straight forward, but I am totally confused on how to make use of the 4 NIC cards in the server. Right now they are just default bridging to the physical network, which I assume is sending traffic to just one NIC?
Any help is much appreciated...
thx experts,
-BobR
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, you may be better using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESXi.

Create new networks, using different nics, and bind new bridged network, to another physical nic.

Use the Virtual Network Editor in the VMware Startmenu Group
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Wondering why you aren't using vSphere.  That is the product used for servers.  That is one that would allow access to all of your NICs.
bobrossi56Author Commented:
OK, I found Virtual Network Editor as you suggested, and I click on the ADD A NETWORK button, first choice says VmNet3, I click OK. I see the added network (host only), but when I try to change network to BRIDGED I get an error saying "Cannot change network to bridged: there are no unbridged host network adapters"
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bobrossi56Author Commented:
Customer has already bought VMWorkstation for his server.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Where you have the Bridged to: and select a new network interface in the list.

There is NO COST for ESXi!

VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, other Type 2 Hypervisors include, VMware Server 2, VMware Player 3.0, Virtualbox 4.0, and Parallels.

Type 2 Hypervisors are SLOW.  In most reviews and experience, they perform at roughly 30-40% hardware capability.  That means an OS in a VM run off VMWare Workstation will likely perform at best like it has an 800 MHz CPU if you have 2 GHz physical CPU. You install Type 2 hypervisors onto of an existing host operating system.

If you use a Type 1 Hypervisor, you get MUCH better performance. ESX, ESXi, are all Type 1 hypervisors - they (based on experience and reviews) typically get 80-90% hardware capability - so that same VM run off the same 2 GHz CPU should operate more like it has a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of 800 Mhz. Type 1 hypervisors are installed on the bare metal of the server.

Type 1 Hypervisors also include Hyper-V.

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bobrossi56Author Commented:
Good advise and I also have my nics configured. Will look at the free type 1 options as well.
thx
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