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Solved How to add the "Virtual Network Editor" to VMware Player


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This enhancement applies to VMware Player standalone. If you have VMware Workstation installed, you don't need to apply this as Workstation includes all the features (and also includes VMware Player).


As the most VMware Workstation users know, there is a virtual network editor available that lets you configure the virtual networks, add new networks and delete networks for the virtual machines and also bridged networks with the host computer.

Edit:
One of the usage of the network editor is fixing the bridged network connection:
How to fix bridged networking in VMware player - YouTube

The editor is useful (mostly for advanced users...but you'll never now when it might be needed) to add, delete and configure the default virtual networks that come pre-installed with Player.

VMware Player is Workstation's little brother, it's free and comes with less features. There is no Network editor with VMware Player (...or is it?)

The network editor is available in the VMware Player installer but it's default set NOT to install with the rest of the features (don't know why).

It seems different fixes need to be applied to each of Player's version 4, 5 or 6.

If using version 4 of the Player, this also applies to version 3.

I'm gonna show you how to add the network editor to VMware Player.
It's easy, or it should have been... but each version has its surprise.
Keep in mind that techniques used for one version apply for newer versions too but the files need to be extracted form other installers and other archives or additional files may be required.

Player version 3 and 4
To begin we first need to extract the VMware Player installer with some extra parameters (name-of-installer.exe /e .\extract). You put the installer in a folder of your choice and create a shortcut of it as shown below (1) with the extra parameters in the target:

extract.png

Then you run the shortcut that creates a folder (extract) containing all the components.

Go to folder "extract". We are interested in "network.cab": open or extract it and there you see "vmnetcfg.exe". It's the network editor.

Copy or move it in the VMware Player installation folder ("\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player" should be the default path).
This is shown below:

vmnet.png

Now we are ready. The network editor is part of VMware Player just like in Workstation.
The virtual networks that appear in the notification area in Windows Vista and later can be configured or deleted:

neteditor.png

Don't delete them if you use networking in your virtual machines.
The network editor works as seen in last screenshot.


Player version 5
The fix above doesn't work in VMware Player 5: the file we need is included with Workstation. (using "/e extract" parameter for the installer still applies).
Read here: VMware Communities: Whither VMware Player 5.0 VMNetCfg.exe?

Extra update:
Thanks to Vertigo here later on the thread:
http://www.eightforums.com/virtuali...-network-editor-vmware-player.html#post199112
some extra info is provided how to simplify things out: VMware Player 5 already has a vmnetui.dll included and the whole procedure posted above is not needed anymore!


Player version 6

Then,
See post here.
Until a command is discovered to see if Player includes the network editor again, the extraction technique of vmnetcfg.exe still is considered as 'the' fix.


Player version 7

Then,
All previous extracting methods will fail.
But vmnetcfg.exe is still available in the Workstation 11 installer.
To get it working see the post here.


That's it.

Hopachi
 
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#2
The /e .\extract parameter worked well up to version 4.0.2.
With VMware Player 4.0.3 it didn't worked anymore (checked a couple of times) with the shortcut trick.

Gotta try in command prompt.
But I managed to copy the network.cab from temp when it was installing (..\user\AppData\Local\..)
 

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I thought this fix is not needed anymore starting with version 4.0.4 of VM Player but I was wrong. My mistake.:eek:
The fix still applies because the network.cab doesn't get extracted to Program Files (x86).
 
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Updated for VMware Player 5.

Again: this is not needed for those using VMware Workstation 9.
This is needed for those of us using VMware Player 5 only.

And the same problem to VMware Player 5: No network editor included, but this time the problem got bigger.

It seems that the network editor isn't bundled with the Player's installer (no network.cab).
To add vmnetcfg.exe, we need to extract it from Workstation's installer (the link below shows how: -e parameter still applies).

So a 260-400mb file is needed to extract a 4-5mb piece of program we need...

Read here: VMware Communities: Whither VMware Player 5.0 VMNetCfg.exe?

I used a folder just as in my first descriptive post but this time using Workstation's installer + its shortcut with /e extract:

As tested: /e extract works.
This creates a folder named extract in the same folder as the shortcut, no need for command prompt but that works also.

There we go to core.cab and inside we find vmnetcfg:
1.
core.png
2.
vmnet-new.png

Then put the network editor in VM Player's folder (...\Program Files (x86)\...).


That's it.
At least it works.

EDIT: similar workaround applies to Player version 6 but an additional file called "vmnetcfglib.dll" is also required.
 
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Good to know I'm not the only one using this stuff. Thanks!

It is indeed a great tool for example: enabling the bridged adapter (vmnet0) that is disabled by default on most systems with more than one/two network adapters.

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While searching for this info, I ran across a post by emanresu at VMware Communities: virtual network editor disapeared? that has a simpler method. It turns out that Player 5 does include the network editor but it does not provide an easy way to run it.

I created a shortcut with this as my target (all on one line):
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmnetui.dll" VMNetUI_ShowStandalone

You then need to set the advanced option to run as administrator or use the run as administrator option when you invoke the shortcut. Your path to the vmnetui.dll may differ from mine.

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While searching for this info, I ran across a post by emanresu at VMware Communities: virtual network editor disapeared? that has a simpler method. It turns out that Player 5 does include the network editor but it does not provide an easy way to run it.

I created a shortcut with this as my target (all on one line):
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmnetui.dll" VMNetUI_ShowStandalone

You then need to set the advanced option to run as administrator or use the run as administrator option when you invoke the shortcut. Your path to the vmnetui.dll may differ from mine.

Cheers!
Thank you very much for this!

That's way easier and it works.

I never thought about it but if you look at both files that do this job, they are (almost) of the same size, but the hashes are different.
netw-size-files.png

This is solved and it's even shorter to do, so next time I upgrade Player there's no need to copy the vmnetcfg.exe file from Workstation. ...that's why they took it out in the first place.. it was replaced by a dll. I wonder why it wasn't documented, or how I skipped that part...

Thanks again!
Welcome to the forums!

Cheers
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I've edited the first post, near end, to add the extra last-minute info...
Things are simpler now with the latest program versions.

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Unfortunately this doensn't work with version 6 any more. Any updates on that?
I just got version 6... didn't see it was available. :party:

EDIT: you're right, they renamed it probably. Give me a second to see if I can find something...

[DEL]I'm pretty sure the updated solution(s) still apply from version 5 to 6 so ignore version 4.[/DEL]

I'm looking for a dll... looking if Workstation still has the file and what size it is...

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vmnetcfg to Player version 6

Found it. The network editor to VM Player 6.

The extraction fix still works.

In case Player really removed the network editor or until we find the command, this will do the work. :)

I do hope we get a workaround from Vmware or someone, for the sake of us not using Workstation and the need to download the big installer each time and performing an extraction (not sure how many basic users want or can do this properly). But until then, we get the needed files like this.

Classical workaround:

1. Get Workstation's installer.

2. Extract the installer.
getting-the files.png

3. Go to core.cab and get the 2 files (that's right: now we need 2 files).
network-editor-v10-ws-installer.png
Make sure you remove the extra " _ " character from the dll's name (see screenshot below).

4. Move/copy those to Player's installed location ...\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\...
network-editor-v10-to-player.png

5. Ready to use.
net-ed-in-action.png

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Anytime.
Glad to hear it worked for you too!
 

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Dear Hopachi
,

I downloaded the VMPlayer ver
6.0.0 build-1295980

When i tried your solution step by step i get the following result:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: vmnetcfg.exe
Application Version: 10.0.1.41495
Application Timestamp: 52617b46
Fault Module Name: vmwarebase.DLL
Fault Module Version: 10.0.0.40273
Fault Module Timestamp: 521ce8f0
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00087e1f
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1032
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789


Read our privacy statement online:
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If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:
C:\Windows\system32\en-US\erofflps.txt

In order to be more helpfull and give more information the vmware workstation i have downloaded from this location
Try VMware Workstation, Run Linux and Windows in a Virtual Machine | United States
And i selected [h=2]VMware Workstation 10 for Windows[/h]


When i closed the VMWare Player 6 and i run again the vmnetcfg.exe i got the following error

I tried to replace the vmwarebase.dll from vmware workstation 10 to the VMWare Player 6 folder, and i tried to run again :

When i tried to run vmnetcfg.exe ordinal not found

The ordinal 1319 could not be located in the dynamic link library vmwarebaseDLL.

Any help will be appreciated...


Thx
 
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When i tried your solution step by step i get the following result:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: vmnetcfg.exe
Application Version: 10.0.1.41495
Application Timestamp: 52617b46
Fault Module Name: vmwarebase.DLL
Fault Module Version: 10.0.0.40273
Fault Module Timestamp: 521ce8f0
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00087e1f
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1032
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

When i tried to run vmnetcfg.exe ordinal not found
Hi there,

This is seen as a version mismatch. You still use Player 6.0.0 but you need 6.0.1 (matching all dlls from Workstation 10.0.1).
My steps were confirmed to work on multiple pc's. All needs to be extracted and replaced as it should.

Install Player 6.0.1 and the network editor needs to come from Workstation 10.0.1 or Player 6.0.0 for Workstation 10.0.0.
(WS10 includes Player6 but notice that the minor version between the two programs is the same: be it 0.0 or 0.1...)

The ordinal 1319 could not be located in the dynamic link library vmwarebaseDLL.
Same problem: if vmwarebase is 10.0.0 and the net editor comes from 10.0.1 then it will give some problems. The other way around also gives problems because the versions need to match (as Workstation includes a Player in it's install that has the needed version).

If you downloaded form there, it will always give you the latest WS: get the latest Player for that. The version is seen in the name of the installer file.
Player 6.0.1 and Network Editor (vmnetcfg) 10.0.1 work fine.

I hope you get it to work now. :)
You may need to reinstall the latest Player or use the right matching Workstation version to extract.

Regards,
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found on h_ttps://communities.vmware.com/message/2326211
my versions the same - 6.0.2
anybody knows what to do?


ok for 6.0.1, but

method failed for player 6.0.2

vmwarebase.dll 10.0.2.46408
10.0.2 build 1744117
vmplayer.exe 10.0.2.46408
10.0.2 build 1744117

vmnetcfglib.dll, vmnetcfg.exe 10.0.0141495
10.0.1. build 1379776
 

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Hi there

be a bit careful of using "Quasi legal" methods -- VMware workstation is a commercial product and what you are doing is extracting some files out of the paid for product to get round an obvious limitation in the freeware product. It's fine by me but remember that the later versions of VMware player might have been DELIBERATELY modified to make the paid for product more attractive -- not nice but it's the way of the world -- that dreadful word "Monetisation" again.

I agree though removing a significantly USEFUL feature in the updated version is not a good thing to do - certainly without this being mentioned in the documentation.

Don't though rely on this method of working forever. !!

I got into trouble on this very forum in helping people make the old Classic Windows 7 games work on W8 / W8.1 / W2012 server / W2008 server by using a similar trick using the W7 install media so it's fine that it works but IMO VMware should re-instate the feature ASAP.

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Jimbo's got a point. But if VMware decides to change their mind in the feature list of Player we'll definitely see it in the change-log or licensing: hiding a feature doesn't directly mean it's forbidden to use it, but we'll have to keep an eye on this one.

I provided this thread here to help and point out that the networking in Player still works and that it wasn't (entirely) removed.
If in a point in time it gets to dirty or difficult to keep the network editor working in Player then maybe the time comes we'll stop using it anymore like this.

But because VM Player installs networks by default, it's natural users want to disable/modify those if they don't agree with the standard settings. Between the versions we've seen VMware experimenting with the features in Player. But networking is, one way or another, always there: as long as they provide it, it will be user-modifiable and there is no point in hiding it because those interested will always try to get it working again.

Take for instance post #7 in this thread by vertigo: that's a valid proof that VMPlayer can control the networking buit-in: but they've changed/hidden that away again since then. I'm sure it's still there somewhere but aside of this, using the vmnetcfg is still the base of getting to network config. When the config wouldn't work, some other method will (have to) be discovered again.

@weeer
Run 6.0.2 with the right files and it still works.
It looks like you have indeed a version mismatch for the vmnetcfg files.

What should work is indeed a 10.0.2 vmnetcfg and dll for 6.0.2 Player install, and it's confirmed that those exist:
vmnet602.png

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Hi there.

10.0.2 is available from the VMware site - I think though you have to register to download it so when version 11 comes out you might not be able to download it again as a Free "Trial". However VMWARE seen quite reasonable so far -- no reason why they shouldn't be -- a HUGE company now with Enterprise products just ready at the right time with Cloud Servers and VDI systems being implemented all over the place.

I looked on the VMware forums about the missing network configuration editor -- I get the impression that although you can now CREATE VM's with VMPLAYER (used to be not possible) they are hiving off VMPLAYER into a corporate (small business) sector which will be chargeable and a Home version which will probably be reduced to base features only.

(I remember a while ago that in order to CREATE a VM that would work on VMPLAYER (Workstation is OK but it's not particularly cheap if you don't have nice benevolent work provider who pays your license fee) you used to have to fiddle around with QEMU and .VMX files -- BTW the QEMU program is still around !!).

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