Problem: VMware machines load boot loader immediately, no BIOS banner, so can’t get into BIOS to alter boot settings.
Solution: Edit the vm’s .vmx file and add the line:
bios.bootDelay = "5000"
which adds a 5000 millisecond (5 second) delay to the boot, or add:
bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"
to make the VM enter the BIOS setup at the next boot.
Problem: VMware Fusion 3.0 doesn’t give a way to edit the virtual network settings via the GUI.
Solution: To change the subnet used by the NAT or HostOnly networks, go root in Mac OS X and edit
/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/networking
and set the following lines to the subnets desired:
answer VNET_1_HOSTONLY_SUBNET 192.168.35.0
answer VNET_8_HOSTONLY_SUBNET 10.10.1.0
To add additional custom isolated host only VLANs, also edit the networking file and add additional VNET definitions. There can apparently only be 8 VLANs with VLAN 1 and 8 already pre-defined.
answer VNET_2_DHCP no
answer VNET_2_HOSTONLY_NETMASK 255.255.255.0
answer VNET_2_HOSTONLY_SUBNET 10.10.21.0
answer VNET_2_VIRTUAL_ADAPTER yes
answer VNET_3_DHCP no
answer VNET_3_HOSTONLY_NETMASK 255.255.255.0
answer VNET_3_HOSTONLY_SUBNET 10.10.22.0
answer VNET_3_VIRTUAL_ADAPTER yes
answer VNET_4_DHCP no
answer VNET_4_HOSTONLY_NETMASK 255.255.255.0
answer VNET_4_HOSTONLY_SUBNET 10.10.23.0
answer VNET_4_VIRTUAL_ADAPTER yes
Now create your vm with as many network interfaces as you have separate VLANs (vnet) then edit the node.vmx vm configuration file and change the interfacename.connectionType to custom, and define the VLAN (vnet) that interface will attach to:
#ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
ethernet0.connectionType = "custom"
ethernet0.vnet = "vmnet3"
Also realize that VMware will take the .1 host address on each vmnet – so you cannot assign .1 to any of your VMs.
Problem: Ubuntu 9.10 persistent network configuration (stores the MAC address of network adapters), so if you copy a machine, by default Ubuntu will setup a new logical adapter (eth1) since the MAC address has changed (when you answer I Copied It in VMware).
Solution: Tell VMware you copied the machine, so it will chose a unique MAC address. Boot Ubuntu into single user mode (another article on that to follow) then edit the MAC address associated with eth0.
sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
find the stanza of the network interface in question (NAME=”eth0″) and set the following ATTR tag to the new MAC address: