In the past, the advanced network configuration utility for vmware was installed automatically with vmware player, but at some point they started making it more difficult to find. As it turns out, vmnetcfg.exe is still included with the installer, but you have to manually extract and move it to your install directory.
The steps to extract it are fairly simple. Download the standard vmware player installer and then do the following:
- Open a command prompt in the same directory as the vmware installer.
- Issue the command, VMware-player-3.<version>.exe /e .\netcfg
- Navigate to the netcfg folder in the same directory, which now contains the extracted installer files
- Open ‘network.cab’ with Winrar (or something similar) and you will see the vmnetcfg.exe file.
- Copy that file to your install directory… Something like C:\Program Files\VMWare\VMWare Player\
- Once copied, you can double-click the utility from that folder and begin the advanced configuration of your vmware network adapters.
If you’ve not used this utility before, it allows you to specify which virtual network adapters fulfill which function, define which subnets you want each virtual adapter to use, etc. For example, if you have two network connections on your computer and want to bind different vmware network adapters to different physical network connections (and related VLANs), you can do so using this utility.
Thanks to The Advisers Group for the original tip.