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Adding a Network Adapter

A virtual machine can have up to 16 virtual network adapters simultaneously.

To add a network adapter to a virtual machine:

  1. Choose Configure from the Virtual Machine menu to open the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.
  2. Click the Add button Plus Button in the bottom part of the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog to launch Add Hardware Wizard.
  3. In the Select Device window, select Network Adapter and click Next.

    To add a network adapter that will have a typical configuration, choose the Network Adapter icon and click the Add Typical Device button. The wizard will add a typical network adapter ready for use.

  4. In the Add Network Adapter window, select the type of networking you want to use in the virtual machine. The current version of Parallels Workstation Extreme allows you to choose one of the following networking types:
    • Shared Networking. If you select this option, the virtual machine will use the host computer's network connections and will be visible only for the host computer and the other virtual machines running on this server. This option is selected by default.
    • Bridged Networking. If you select this option, the virtual machine will be visible on the network as a separate computer.
    • Host-Only Networking. If you select this option, the virtual machine will be able to access only the host computer and the virtual machines running on it.
    • Direct Assignment (using Intel VT-d). If you select this option, the virtual machine will be able to access the local network and Internet through a PCIe network adapter. This option is available only if you have a PCIe network adapter and the Intel VT-d technology is enabled in your host computer.

    If you want the device to be connected to the virtual machine automatically at startup, select the Connected option. If you clear this option, the drive will be enabled in the configuration, but not connected to the virtual machine. You can connect it later when running the virtual machine.

    If you choose the Shared Networking or Host-Only Networking option, click Add Device to add a new shared networking adapter to the virtual machine.

    If you choose the Bridged Networking option, click Next and proceed to Step 6.

    If you choose the Direct Assignment (using Intel VT-d) option, click Next and select the PCIe network adapter you want to use in the Adapter list on the next screen. Click Add Device to add the adapter to the virtual machine. After adding the PCIe adapter, you should start the virtual machine and install the manufacturer's driver for this PCIe device inside it. The driver should support the Intel VT-d technology.

    Note: Before adding the PCIe network adapter, you should assign it to your virtual machines in the Intel VT-d pane of Parallels Workstation Extreme Preferences.

  5. If you chose the Bridged Networking option, on the next step you will need to specify the virtual network adapter properties. The wizard will prompt you to specify the adapter to use. Select the appropriate adapter in the Adapter to Bind list and specify the MAC address in the MAC Address field. If you wish Add Hardware Wizard to generate the MAC address for you, click the Generate button.

    PWst Add Hardware - Bridged Network Adapter

    Click the Add Device button to add a new network adapter to the virtual machine.