Introduction to Virtualization
9. On the Properties page for the network adapter, shown in Figure 23-10, you
can choose to create three types of network adapters. Select from the following
choices, and then click Next.
This is the default choice and is best for most applications.
A bridged virtual network adapter makes use of the host computer's
network adapter, but it obtains its own IP address from the appropriate
DHCP server, or it can have an IP address manually assigned to it. The
main thing to keep in mind is that if you run many virtual machines
simultaneously, each one with a bridged virtual network adapter will use
one of the available IP addresses on your network.
Network Address Translation (NAT)
When you choose a NAT virtual
network adapter, the virtual machine makes use of the IP and MAC
addresses of the host computer when it communicates on the network. If
you are running various servers as virtual machines, a NAT configuration
can be difficult to set up, as you would need to configure port forwarding
so that the packets are properly routed to the appropriate virtual machine.
Setting network adapter properties
Network Address Translation (NAT) When you choose a NAT virtual network adapter, the virtual machine makes use of the IP and MAC addresses of the host computer when it communicates on the network.