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Just run the vmware images in a host network setting, and when you want the hosts to access the internet just change the network settings to NAT in Vmware.

I thought you were talking about the host vmware machine, not the images..
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Just run the vmware images in a host network setting, and when you want the hosts to access the internet just change the network settings to NAT in Vmware.

I thought you were talking about the host vmware machine, not the images..
Sorry about the confusion, I thought I mentioned what my actual intent was in the OP, but looking back I realized I did not

So, I just want to confirm that this is correct. When using VirtualBox, I have my Windows XP VM loaded. At the bottom, I right clicked on the Network Interfaces icon and clicked Network Adapters. I new box comes up with four tabs for network adapters (though only one is active, the rest are grayed out). So if I choose NAT in the drop down box, will the rest of my network by safe from any malware on the VM? I know vaguely that NAT is Network Address Translation and has to do with having multiple internal IPs under one external address (or something like that), but I don't really understand the impact of that on the rest of my network. Thanks so much for your help.
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I've never used virtual box. If there is a option for host only network then use that, it will create a network for only your virtual machines to communicate on leaving your physical network unaffected. NAT will allow you to communicate with your network by implementing port address translation between your host machine and physical network allowing your virtual machines to use your host pc's IP. You have the right idea about NAT, except that your virtual machines will have access to your physical network.
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