I also see things greyed out in the Virtual Network Editor screen until I click the following button near the bottom: "Administrator privileges are required to modify the network configuration. [Change Settings]"? Do you have Administrator rights to your company laptop?
After clicking the [Change Settings] button I see options to change my Bridged configuration:
Thank you for the reply.
Yes, I do have Administrator rights on the box and have clicked the change settings. My NIC must be a little different from yours. Mine says '...Connection (7) I219-LM...' where yours shows '...Connection (12) I219-LM...' so there must be different variants of that NIC. In my searches, I saw the "(7)" in multiple search results but never the "(12)".
I updated the driver with the 'latest and greatest' available on the Dell Support website. I'm wondering if there is anything newer / more up to date from Intel....
If the checkbox is greyed out in that panel like your screenshots show, then most likely the 'VMware Bridge Protocol' adapter is not installed or enabled on that NIC. Go to the properties page for that NIC on your host, and either check the box to enable the bridge protocol if it is in the available list, or add it if it is not.
RDPetruska - Thank you for the reply. I got excited for a moment, but only a moment.... It is already selected.
While it says protocol, it is actually a service. I'm not sure if VMWare provides the installation files for that service directly. Time to go looking...
Are you the only one in your company using Workstation, or are there others? I am wondering if the issue might be specific to your company‘s system build or OS policies...
scott28tt Thank you for the reply. We have a boat load of people using Workstation and a number of them might even have the same Dell Laptop Precision 7540. I didn't think to ask anyone else. So that is my next step.
Thank you to all who replied.
After checking with others in the organization, I found my issue.
It was a simple oversight.... I had already assigned that NIC to a different VMNet so therefore it was grayed out and unavailable.