VMWare, Wireless Network Adapter and Bridging

If you’re using VMWare Server on Windows Vista with a Wireless network adapter, you might have problems using native VMWare bridged networking. NAT networking works ok to give your guest OS internet access but isn’t so good if your guest is a server.

A good alternative is to create a windows MAC bridge between the VMWare “virtual” network adapter and your wireless adapter.

I recommend using the VMWare Network manager to create a new network adapter rather than using the existing number 1 and number 8 adapters (used for host only and NAT only respectively).

By default, VMWare won’t allow VMWare network adapters to take part in a windows MAC bridge. You can allow individual VMWare network adapters to take part in a windows MAC bridge by by following the instructions documented in this KB article.
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