You can add up to 10 virtual network adapters to a virtual machine.
Familiarize yourself with the network configuration types. See Understanding Common Networking Configurations.
- Select the virtual machine and select .
- On the Hardware tab, click Add.
- Select Network Adapter.
- Select the virtual network adapter type.
The virtual machine is connected to the network by using the network adapter on the host system. The virtual machine has a unique identity on the network, separate from and unrelated to the host system.
The virtual machine and the host system share a single network identity that is not visible on the external network. When the virtual machine sends a request to access a network resource, it appears to the network resource as if the request is coming from the host system.
The virtual machine and the host virtual network adapter are connected to a private Ethernet network. The network is completely contained within the host system.
Select a custom network from the drop-down menu. Although VMnet0, VMnet1, and VMnet8 might be available in the list, these networks are usually used for bridged, host-only, and NAT networks.
Select a LAN segment from the drop-down menu. A LAN segment is a private network that is shared by other virtual machines.
- Click Finish to add the virtual network adapter to the virtual machine.
- Click OK to save your changes.
- Verify that the guest operating system is configured to use an appropriate IP address on the new network.
- If the virtual machine is using DHCP, release and renew the lease.
- If the IP address is set statically, verify that the guest operating system has an address on the correct virtual network.