VMware Fusion is a great product to virtualize machines on a Mac. This post explains how to provide the same IP address to the guest OS via DHCP and how to enable port forwarding.

Static DHCP IP Address

Make sure the VM is shutdown, not suspended. Open advanced options in VM settings. Copy the MAC address, it should something similar to this:


Modify /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/dhcpd.conf (use sudo) and add a static host entry. Pay attention to the address pool and pick the right network for the fixed address.

host myVM {
    hardware ethernet 00:0C:29:8C:FF:0B;

Port Forwarding

In this example I am forwarding local port 9889 to guest VM port 3389 for remote access to RDP on the gueat OS.

Modify /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.conf (use sudo) and add a static port forwarding entry to our host. This needs to go into the [incomingtcp] section.

9889 =

To restart the vmnet service execute the following commands in the terminal

sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --stop
sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --start

That’s it…