Configure LAN and Internet Access in virtual machines

Hi all.

I'm trying to figure out how I need to configure my Mac and my virtual machines.

My need is to have 4 virtual machines (2 linux Centos, 2 Windows) running on VmWare Fusion that can in the same time:

- access to internet

- talk each other

- My Mac can talk with them (ssh, ftp...) and I can in case copy/paste file

- every virtual machines has STATIC ip address, so that services inside the virtual machines (Tomcat, Apache, ...) will always work due that ip address will not change every time I reboot or change the location of my Mac

Nice to have, finally, is to be able to disable in the virtual machines the interface I use to connect to internet once I have installed all objects, yum update etc...

I follow very several topics, but to be honest they confused me.

Can you help me in understanding what are the correct tasks I need to do?

At the moment I have:


    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast

vmnet8: xxxxx

    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast

and also my Mac has this IP address by Internet Connection:


    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast

    status: active

I have tried to work with a first Centos virtual machines creating:










(ping from Centos to my MAC)


PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.203 ms

thanks a lot!!!

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VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hi kustode

You can add another network adapter to the VM via settings-> add-> Network adapter when VM is powered off, and set it to host-only network. Then when you installed the software/tools you need inside the VM, you could disconnect the NAT network adapter and use the host-only network to community with macOS(using the IP address of vmnet1) or other host-only VMs.

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