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Network Settings options greyed out in Fusion Pro 7.1.0

I have uninstalled VMware Fusion 7.1.0 Professional edition 3 times, emptied trash deleted all settings files as listed in KB article 1017838

installed Fusion 7.1.0 .. it somehow still gets my license keys and vminventory and when i go to Preferences > Network .. unlock to make changes but the entire settings area is still greyed out.

any clues or ideas on getting this fixed?

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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.

All credit to this guy: What to do when VMware Fusion decides to disable networking again... | DesertPenguin.org | Andrew J....

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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

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Worked like a charm!

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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!

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Launch fusion again by clicking and hoding command first then double click fusion ICON it just needs elevation

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Thank you

This solution worked for me with VMWare Fusion 10.1.6 and Catalina 10.15.6

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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.

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Went through this today on my new MBP. Catalina 10.15.6 VMware Fusion 11.5.1.

Easy solution.

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.

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