Thanks a lot.
I'm running Fusion 8.1.1.
I've handled my networks manually by editing the vmx files since the networking adapters turned gray in the adapter settings.
Worked like a charm on Pro 8.5.3. I recently upgraded from version 7 and after the update this error was occuring. Don't forget to reboot your Mac after the changes.
I was having the same problem greyed out network settings after upgrading to Fusion 8.5.8.
Since I was using a VM created in another partition(I was migrating to MacOS High Sierra), thought it could be related to folder permissions.
So I moved the VM to "/users/shared" and the Problem was solved!
Hope this help.
> To fix, I deleted all of the .bak files in my /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/vmnetX folders,
> then I edited /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/networking
> and removed the DHCP configuration hash lines. I then rebooted and I had control of my network preferences.
This solved the problem for me (VMware Fusion Pro 8.5.8 on macOS 10.13). Thank you schmitgreg!
Tried this, but it did not worked. What it did worked was removing all the files from "/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion" except
It did assigned new IP's inside the VM, but at least I had again connectivity.
Fusion 8.5.9 on High Sierra 10.13.1
This is an old thread, but the first match I found when googling for "greyed out network settings" in vmware fusion.
What worked for me was closing fusion and killing the vmnet-bridge services from the CLI:
sudo killall vmnet-bridge
I had previously removed the "networking" file and the contents of the "vmnet1" and "vmnet8" folders in /Library/Preferences/VMWare Fusion. It didn't make any difference until I killed the vmnet-bridge processes.
Hey, go to system preferences > security > general and allow the vmware plugin. Restart your mac.
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What schmitgreg suggested worked for me. Fusion 10 Pro
Worked like a charm!
Sofware version: VMware Fusion Professional 11.5.0 (14634996)
I had the problem when reinstalling from fresh my Mac Pro with MacOS Mojave and restoring my profile.
Historically I have a vmnet4 host-only network for all my machines.
I noticed that the problem of Network Settings options greyed out is due to all the specific interfaces we create in addition to the default interfaces.
Here is the solution I did. I:
1) Manually deinstalled VMware Fusion VMware KB: Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion
2) Reinstalled VMware Fusion
3) Stopped VMware immediately
4) Killed all the different "vmnet" processes (like vmnet-bridge, vmnet-dhcpd, vmnet-natd, vmnet-netifup)
3) For an unknown reason (normally I erased all before reinstalling!!) my vmnet4 interface was declared with its directory and in the networking file presents in /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion
4) Removed the vmnet4 directory
5) Edited networking and removed all the lines containing "answer VNET_4"
6) Restarted VMware Fusion
7) Recreated my vmnet4 interface (Possible! Network Settings is now not greyed!!)
Hope it can help!
Launch fusion again by clicking and hoding command first then double click fusion ICON it just needs elevation
Fusion 10 isn't supported on Catalina - if you're going to try to hack and make it work, make sure you have regular (not time machine) backups of your VM's.
Went through this today on my new MBP. Catalina 10.15.6 VMware Fusion 11.5.1.
To get control back, quit the application, then locate the VMware icon in Finder - Applications, then right click for Info. Unlock the lock icon at the bottom of the info panel and then relock it. Close info, then restart VMware and go into settings for the vm and select Network which should now allow you to pick an independent setting. That's all I did and I have control again.