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Setting up a static IP address in a Windows virtual machine when using bridged mode in VMware Fusion (1005778)


This article provides steps for setting up the network configuration in a Windows virtual machine with bridged mode and a static IP address.


To set up network configuration with bridged mode and a static IP:

  1. Set the virtual machine's network adapter to Bridged in VMware Fusion. For more information, see the Fusion help topic Connect and setup the network adapter (with Fusion running, select Help and type in the search field).
  2. Start the virtual machine and log in as an administrator.
  3. Access the network configuration settings.

    For Windows XP:

    1. Click Start > Settings > Network Connections.
    2. Right-click Local Area Connection.
    3. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
    4. Click Properties.

    For Windows Vista or Windows 7, click Windows Logo > Control Panel > Network Status and Tasks > Local Area Connection > Properties.

    For Windows 8 and 8.1, Click on the Windows Button > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing > Click on Connection (example : Ethernet/Wifi). Refer to the Microsoft link for more details:

  4. Select Use the following IP address.
  5. Set the IP address and default gateway settings. Use the same settings from the Mac host to set these values, except use a different IP address. Change the fourth number to any other number between 2 and 254.
For example, if the Mac has an IP address of, use instead.

Note: This assumes that the Mac uses a class C subnet mask of

Caution: Do not use zero or 255 in the address.

See Also

Update History

09/07/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x to products 08/21/2014 - Updated for Fusion 7.x

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