Let’s say you have a Windows computer with one network card. You are running VMWare on this computer, and you want to have network access from your Virtual Machine(s). There are many ways to accomplish this with VMWare, i.e. NAT, but for true separation you need another hardware network card.
This article explains how to create a setup where Windows uses one network card, and VMWare uses the other.
1: Install and Configure Second Network Card
- Install the second network card and power on the Windows. Windows will automatically install the drivers and start using the second network adapter alongside the existing one – it will request an IP for both network adapters.
- Configure Windows to not use the second network adapter [VMWare KB]:
To disassociate the network adapter from all protocols except the VMware Bridge protocol:
- In the Windows host, open the network adapter settings within Control Panel.
- Windows XP – Click Start > Control Panel and open Network Connections.
- Windows Vista or Windows 7 – Click Windows > Control Panel and open View network Status and Tasks > Change Adapter settings.
- Right-click the network adapter and click Properties.