As many long-time readers are aware, I’m a big fan of virtualization. I like to do testing and dev work in virtual machines as that helps keep my primary machine(s) cleaner and leaner. It also lets me keep a whole fleet of machines around without needing all that extra hardware and expense.
I ran into an interesting situation this morning with networking though. See, I’ve been running VMware Player on my home machine for a few months with no issues. This works especially well when I’m doing some work projects – helps me keep things self-contained. I just schlep the VM clients around on external USB 2.0 hard drives.
Last night I installed the Hamachi client on that home machine. This morning I fired up my work virtual machine and had no network connection! It didn’t take more than 5 seconds for me to realize that it was probably related to the Hamachi install.
From my experience with VMware Server, I know about the Virtual Network Editor application. A quick look under the Start menu didn’t show it grouped with VMware Player, but a quick dive into the VMware Player install directory found the executable easily enough.
I ran the VNE app and was initially stymied: I could see everything but I couldn’t change anything. All the good stuff was disabled and grayed out:
Oh yeah, I’m running Vista. I bet things work better if I run it as Administrator… So I right-clicked on the vmnetcfg.exe and gave that a shot.
Lo and behold, I can change things now! I used the “Add” button to chose the Hamachi interface for exclusion and now my VMware clients are back on track.
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