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  • 1.  static Linux guest IP address

    Posted Dec 26, 2023 03:44 PM

    Using Fusion 13.5 I have created a new install of Debian 12.

    How do I assign debian a static IP address

    I am currently using "Share with my Mac"

  • 2.  RE: static Linux guest IP address

    Posted Dec 26, 2023 04:19 PM

    "Share with my Mac" means that you are using NAT networking. That creates a dedicated subnet with a NAT "gateway" that allows you to communicate with the outside world (similar to what you'd get on a home Internet cable router).

    You have two choices:

    1. Configure the VM's network adapter manually (without using DHCP) through the network utiliies provided with Debian.
      Configure the VM with an IP address outside the range being handed out by Fusion's DHCP server for the NAT network. (for the stock Fusion configuration, that means you should pick an address from xxx.xxx.xxx.3 through xxx.xxx.xxx.127).
      Configure both the the gateway and the DNS server to xxx.xxx.xxx.2.
    2. A more complex solution is to configure the Fusion DHCP server to always give out the same IP address for your VM. That involves editing the NAT networks dhcp.conf file.

    I'd recommend 1. unless you are sufficiently technical to understand how to configure the DHCP service. 

  • 3.  RE: static Linux guest IP address

    Posted Dec 27, 2023 12:16 AM

    Thanks for the helpful ideas. Where do I find the parameters for the Fusion DHCP server?

    I ended up editing the /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/dhcpd.conf and for completeness I also edited /etc/hosts file on the mac

  • 4.  RE: static Linux guest IP address
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    Posted Dec 27, 2023 02:22 AM

    That’s the right file. Use the advice in https://communities.vmware.com/t5/VMware-Fusion-Discussions/Unable-to-set-static-IP-addresses-on-guests-using-non-bridged/m-p/2993135

    (replace xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx with the MAC address of the virtual NIC which you can find in the VM).