Ahhh…the dying vmware network is back…

Ok, so I posted this a while ago:
Why does VMWare guests lose network access constantly on Windows 7 64 bit?

Well this issue didn’t happen from the middle of December until last week, it started again.

I toggled a bunch of settings, but every setting is correct. There must be something else causing this.

Update: Found this. I will set my NIC to not go to sleep and see if that works. Seems like a bug to me.

Update: That didn’t work.
Yeah, my computer went to sleep anyway, and with that setting, I couldn’t wake it up remotely. Lame.


  1. rhyous says:

    As long as my machine does not go to sleep, the issue does not occur.

  2. Iben Rodriguez says:

    Are you using the latest updated vmxnet3 driver and latest VMware tools installation? Not doing this can cause networking issues.

    Is it related to Windows Updates maybe?

    • rhyous says:

      Yes, latest VMWare Tools.

      Doesn't matter if it is a Windows, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, or other client. When it happens, it happens to all VM Guests simultaneously.

      I am on Workstation 6.5 because I don't have a license for Workstation 7 yet. So maybe it is something they have fixed in VMWare Workstation 7.

      If i turn disconnect all of the virtual NICs and reconnect them then it works again for a time, but eventually stops again.

      You do have good point on the Windows Updates. I recently updated and rebooted and that is about when the issue started back up. I am not sure it would be the updates so much as the fact that whatever I did to keep this working may not have persisted through a reboot.

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