Setting up a VM on your home network

For those of us who struggle with VM networking, here is how to setup your local VM to be on the same network as your home/physical/wired network (for example). You could then install Aprimo VPN on the image and connect to myspot. However, my purpose was to purely have multiple servers (images) on my network to test Aprimo in a local multi-server environment.

MANY THANKS to Jim Casselman from IT for his help in setting it up.


a) Always clone your VM instead of copy. This is neater and gives the VM files their own separate name. Also make sure the image has its own unique name.

b) Note that the new VM might not have Anti-virus enabled. The VM Jason put out there is for Windows 2003 and your typical desktop anti-virus might not work or might not even be licensed. You can, however, download a free anti-virus for the server image at This should suffice for the short run during your testing.

1) Once you open up the image, click Virtual Machine settings, then click Ethernet on the left hand panel. Ensure ‘Connect at Power on’ is checked and select ‘Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network’ under Network connection.

2) In the VM Workstation menu, select Edit-> Virtual Network settings. On the Host Network Virtual mapping tab, select ‘Bridge to an automatically chosen adapter’ under VMnet0. 


3) On the Host Virtual Adapters tab, Enable the network adapter ‘VMWare network adapter VMNet1’


4) On the Automatic Bridging tab, select the checkbox ‘Automatically choose and availabe physical network adapter to bridge to VMnet0.


5) Start the VM.  Now if you run ipconfig /all on the command prompt, you will see an IP address assigned. Also you will be able to ping your host machine and ping the image from your host (laptop). You will also be able to use other resources on your host such as the internet connection.



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