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Just curious does anyone own Vmware workstation or use it at work? I ask because I have been evaluating Vmware player and quite honestly the bridged connections suck, I am hoping that possibly this is done on purpose by the developers to push people to buy Workstation and not simply a horrible bug. I run Virtualbox at home and I have all of my virtualized servers bridged and all access my LAN resources without a problem I tried this from vmware player and it failed miserably.
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What exactly is the issue? Vmware player and workstation both use the same engine for the bridged connections.
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I am evaluating the software for work, and I tried to see if I could set up a virtualized NAS just to tinker with the settings so I could write up a report and purchase request for the software. I attempted to replicate one of my NAS' I have at home, and when I switched the networking from NAT to bridged I lost connectivity, however I was still able to ping the IP of the VM. I loaded up another VM and tried to access the internet from a web browser to no avail. I ran the vmnetcfg utility only for it to crash and not find the required dll, which after some research I found was a common issue for vmwareplayer 4.0.1

I have a suspicion it is the auto-bridging feature that is causing the problem but since I can't run the cmnetcfg utility I can't edit the connection.
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It is pretty easy setting up the bridge connection; is the server you are using a multi-NIC affair and not sharing NIC's? Also is DHCP enabled on the bridged network?

If you dedicated a NIC to the VM, but the NIC is shared, and NAT'd, but you try and bridge it, then you could cause the issues you are seeing.

VMware workstation and Player are quite different beasts; with Workstation offering much better networking options, and it is also much superior to VB.
    
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Sorry, I found the problem...the adapter was bridged with the loopback interface on my machine. So everything was enabled and correctly working but for whatever reason it auto-bridged itself to it.
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