You can use the virtual network editor to set up multiple host-only virtual networks.

About this task

On Windows and Linux host systems, the first host-only network is set up automatically when you install Workstation Pro. You might want to set up multiple host-only networks on the same computer in the following situations.

  • To have two virtual machines connected to one host-only network, and other virtual machines connected to another host-only network to isolate the network traffic on each network.

  • To test routing between two virtual networks.

  • To test a virtual machine that has multiple network interface cards, without using any physical network adapters.


Familiarize yourself with host-only networking. See Configuring Host-Only Networking for more information.


  1. Select Edit > Virtual Network Editor.
  2. Click Add Network.
  3. Select a virtual switch.

    On Windows and Linux hosts, the VMnet1 virtual switch is mapped to a host-only network by default.

    Workstation Pro assigns a subnet IP address to the virtual network.

  4. Select the new virtual network from the list and select Host-only (connect VMs internally on a private network).
  5. (Optional) : To connect a physical network on the host system to the network, select Connect a host virtual adapter to this network.
  6. (Optional) : To use a local DHCP service to distribute IP addresses to virtual machines on the network, select Use local DHCP service to distribute IP addresses to VMs.
  7. (Optional) : (Windows hosts only) To customize DHCP settings if the network uses a local DHCP service, click DHCP Settings.
  8. (Optional) : To change the subnet IP address or subnet mask, modify the addresses in the Subnet IP and Subnet mask text boxes.
  9. Click OK to save your changes.