Alan Baugher

Update Vmware Image's Dynamic IP Address to Static IP (outside of the image)

Discussion created by Alan Baugher Employee on Dec 24, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 18, 2018 by Alan Baugher



If you wish to share a virtual image, and the virtual images does NOT allow re-assignment of IP addresses, this can be a challenge.


Fortunately, there is a method to address.


If you have moved or copied a vmware image (snapshot copy), the generate MAC address within the *.vmx configuration file may also change.    When you restart your moved/copied image, the IP address assigned by Vmware DHCP services will provide a new IP address.


One method is to roll-back the MAC address to the older version, if this is your own HOST OS vmware system.


If this is a copy to share with others, it will be necessary for the user to update their own (NAT) to the same IP range, or setup a new HOST-ONLY with the same IP range.




To force the SAME IP address to be used, the following configuration files may be edited for Vmware Workstation/Player.   Vmware Fusion has similar files with different names.





If you find this useful, please let me know.



I am using this process for the CA Identity Suite virtual application solution; when I build "sandbox" environments for customers to share.