For many people using VMware Workstation they should be aware of an issue which occurs after updating Windows 10 to the new Windows 10 Anniversary. In fact I have run across this issue with other major Windows 10 updates.
After performing a major update to Windows 10 VMware Workstation’s VMnet0 is removed. The removal of VMnet0 breaks the network connection for guest Virtual Machines. To repair connectivity for the guest Virtual Machines you can add a new virtual network or set the Virtual Network back to their default settings. If you set the VMware Workstation network back to default settings you will lose any and all custom networks.
How to fix bridged networking in VMware Workstation after applying Windows 10 update (Threshold 2)
How to fix bridged networking in VMware Workstation after upgrading to Windows 10
A couple of days ago I updated my Windows 10 workstation with the new “Windows 10 Threshold 2” update. Once the upgrade was complete I launched VMware Workstation 12 Pro and noticed that my Virtual Machine did not have network connectivity.
Based on my past experience when upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 I discovered that VMware Workstation’s VMnet0 was removed. Due to this previous experience it made sense to check VMware Workstations “Virtual Network Editor” to confirm if VMnet0 had been removed again. Sure enough the same problem existed after applying “Windows 10 Threshold 2.”
To restore “Bridged Networking” in VMware Workstation you have to re-add VMnet0. In order to add VMnet0 you’ll need to restore your default network settings. Be warned though as any custom network configurations will be lost when restoring your default network settings. See my past post here: VMware Workstation Bridged Network Failure after upgrade to Windows 10.
If you have any issues restoring Bridged Networking please reply to this post or send me a note via the Contact Page.
Last night I upgraded my Windows 8.1 Pro x64 workstation to Windows 10 Pro x64. When I launched VMware Workstation 11 and ran my Virtual Machines I discovered that the Virtual Machines lost their network connectivity.
Searching the web I discovered that upgrading to Windows 10 removed VMnet0 Virtual Adapter that VMware Workstation uses for the Bridged Network Mode.
To resolve the issue I had to modify the Virtual Network Settings by accessing the “Virtual Network Editor” from the “Edit” menu option within VMware Workstation. I then selected “Change Settings” and proceeded to “Restore Defaults.” Restoring Defaults will remove and re-install the default VMware Workstation Network settings in turn restoring VMnet0 Bridged Network Connections.
If you have customized your Virtual Network in anyway shape or form I would not recommend restoring the defaults. If you absolutely have to Restore to Defaults make sure you take note of the customized settings.
VMware Server 2.0 and Windows 8 Pro are not compatible. Last weekend I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate PC to Windows 8 Pro. I was running VMware Server 2.0 and after the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro the VMware service would not start.
I tried to uninstall and re-install VMware Server 2.0 but it does not like Windows 8 Pro. If anything changes I will be sure to post back. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant indicated that VMware Server was compatible but my “hands on” experience indicates otherwise.
Microsoft now includes Hyper-V for Windows 8 Pro. I can rebuild my virtual machines in Hyper-V which is nice. Be aware though Hyper-V only supports certain Operating Systems: Guest OS Support. You also need hardware which supports Hyper-V.
In addition to the above Hyper-V Guest OS support the following Linux Guests are supported but a Microsoft add-on is required: Hyper-V Linux Guest Support