Jul 2009

VMware Fusion Network Configuration

VMware Fusion does not include a network configuration tool like in Windows. But it does not mean you cannot config it.

When the system starts, it will load the plist file of /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.vmware.plist, which will call the script boot.sh under /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/

	                <string>/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh</string>

So, let's look into the boot.sh. boot.sh supports 3 commands: --start, --stop and --restart. If we want to disable some modules, we should modify the --start section.

To disable dhcp

Find all lines contain "vmnet-dhcpd" in --start section and comment them out.

To disable vmnet1

Comment all lines contain "vmnet1" in --start section

To disable bridge

Comment lines contain "vmnet-bridge" in --start secion

Config vmnet8

vmnet8 is my favorite nat adapter, you can see it's configured using variables of $vmdb_answer_VNET_8_HOSTONLY_HOSTADDR and $vmdb_answer_VNET_8_HOSTONLY_NETMASK, which are set by this method: db_load 'vmdb' "$vmware_db". and vmware_db="$LIBDIR"/locations.

So, to config vmnet8, you just modify the locations file: sudo vi ./locations

Config vmnet1

The same as vmnet8

Config nat

vmnet-natd is using the config file $LIBDIR/vmnet8/nat.conf, modify this file to config nat

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