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Windows VMWare Workstation 8 Bridged Adapter Problem

posted Mar 7, 2013, 3:31 PM by William Yeager
Today one of my VM's wouldn't connect externally - after running for months without a hitch.  The host is a Windows 7 64 bit, the guest is a Windows 7 32 bit.
Bridged networking was not working.  I could switch to NAT and it would work, but I need to hit this box directly.

After digging I found that there is a kernel driver that must be started in Windows via 'net start' that is not listed in the Services.msc.
Open a command box as Administrator, type in:   net start vmnetbridge
and you are off an running again.  An entry was added to the virtual network editor for me and all was happy again.

Credit is due to Steve Friedl here.  Thanks Steve.   http://blog.unixwiz.net/2010/09/vmware-workstation-there-are-no-un-bridged-host-network-adapters.html