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If you find vmnet8 in the list. Then you are ready to add a network device to your virtual machine. If you don't see vmnet8 or anything that says vmnet, you need to run the vmware configuration script.
The script might be located at /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl
Though Mandrake needs to be setup for networking for this to work.
I installed VMWARE 4 using the tar.gz file not the RPM file.
I recently took a college class where we used VMWare. We created a virtual network of three virtual computers all running on one computer. In the class we used Windows XP as the host OS and the guests were Red Hat 7.3 and Windows 2K. We each had to set up the Red Hat guest as a file server for Windows using Samba. We also set up an Apache Web server on the Red Hat gest. It all worked and was very stable. The class was fast paced so we did not spend much time on on any of that. I hope I can remember what we did. The college liked VMWare because it allowed each student to have a complete working network without need to use more than one computer per student.
I wanted to have my own virtual network at home so with my student ID card I was able to buy the student version of VMWare 4.0. There are two versions available, I chose the Linux version. With the Linux version I use Red Hat 9 as my main OS (the host) and as the guests I use Windows 2K, Windows NT 4.0, Red Hat 8 and PC-DOS 2000.
I have only had it on my computer for about 2 weeks or so. I chose to use the bridged network option. So far I am able to ping everything except the PC-DOS 2000. I have been busy and have not yet tried to install Samba, Apache or MySQL on my virtual network yet. I did not use the DHCP server option, instead I entered static IP addresses manually in each OS. In each OS I deselect the DHCP option and entered an appropriate IP address and subnet mask.
When I type /sbin/ifconfig under Red Hat 9 I can see that the IP address and subnet mask I added ended up on eth0. Under Windows 2K there is a similar command called ipconfig. I chose to use a private IP address. If you have any questions about what choosing appropriate IP addresses or subnet masks I can explain that if necessary. VMWare also supports using DHCP but I did not use that because I have had less experience with that.
I have already shared several folders using a built in feature in VMWare but later plan to share some folders using Samba. I have said some positive things lately about VMWare but did not mean to imply that it would be suitable for all Linux users. It is a somewhat complex product that is probably intended for computer networking professionals. I use it because I wanted my own network and did not have room for several computers.
What can you ping so far? Can you ping your loopback address of 127.0.0.1? Can you ping anything else? When you have it working check to make sure no ports are open to the Internet. It probably won't be but go the the grc.com web page and have it scan your computer for open ports just to make sure. I am not a networking professional so take my advice with a grain of salt. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the VMWare!
It's a weird problem, it only happens to Red Hat 9.0 and Mandrake 9.1 as I have used Rh 7.3 with no networking issues at all, have set up Samba to run in my virutal machine and can connect to them using any of my other computers (98, 2000, XP).
The error message that occurs when trying to configure eth0 is that the cable is not connected.