Saturday, March 17, 2012

VMWare Guest OS Won’t Connect to Internet–How I fixed it

I use VMWare Workstation to host virtual machines (VM) for writing my articles.  I make sure to use a VM that has only the software that I really need, to eliminate side effects that could skew the behavior of the software I am writing about.

Some time ago, I started having the problem that I could not get the Windows 7 Professional guest OS to connect to the internet inside the VM. Nothing worked. I tried NAT, bridged, bridged with copied physical adapter settings. I reset the Windows Firewall, I turned off the Windows firewall, I ran network diagnostics.

I searched the Internet for a solution but found nothing particularly helpful. I was spending precious time I should have been writing, on frustratingly unsuccessful attempts to solve this problem. I am running VMWare Workstation version 7.1.5 build-491717.

I worked around it by downloading files on the host laptop and putting them in a shared folder that the VM could see. For applications that required Internet access, I worked on the bare metal of my laptop but I really wanted the isolation of the VM.

Today I realized the bridged connection was bridging to my unconnected ethernet port and not my wireless adapter. There is no way to specify what to bridge to in the VM settings but I found the Virtual Network Editor utility in the VMWare application folder on the host laptop. It has an option to specify which device the Bridge will connect to.  I set it to bridge to my wireless adapter and now I have Internet access in all my VMWare VMs without any issue.

VMWare Virtual Netwok Editor

I post this for others that may be experiencing the same issue.  If you found this post helpful, please add a comment to that effect.

Joe Kunk
Microsoft MVP VB
Okemos, MI USA


Monday, January 09, 2012

Headed to CodeMash

Eric Vogel and I will be heading down to Sandusky OH for CodeMash on Tuesday afternoon. CodeMash is held each year at the Kalahari resort and is both educational and a lot of fun. What I like most about it is the diversity of developers among many technologies way outside the .Net space. I always come  back with a fresh perspective and a head full of new ideas. With over 1300 attendees, many flying in from all over the country, that is guaranteed to happen. If you are attending CodeMash this year, please be sure to stop me and say hello.

If you want to attend CodeMash in 2013, there are a couple thing you must remember to do. First, follow @codemash on twitter and announcements on the web at There is a google group as well.

Next, the hotel rooms are made available well in advance of the actual tickets sales. Grab a room reservation as soon they are announced available – if you wait until you get your tickets, it will be too late. There is a small cancellation fee if you don’t get tickets, but rooms are always in demand and you can transfer the reservation to someone else at no charge.

Be ready to purchase your event ticket as soon as they become available. The date and time is announced in advance. This year, the 1300+ tickets sold out in 90 minutes and there was such a rush that it crashed EventBrite, so keep your keyboard warm and ready on registration day and keep retrying even if the site crashes.

Hope that helps.

Joe Kunk
Microsoft MVP Visual Basic
Okemos, MI USA
January 9, 2012


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Renewed as Visual Basic MVP for 2012

I am very honored to announce that I have been renewed as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Visual Basic discipline for the fourth consecutive year. The award is more exciting for me each year!

I congratulate all my fellow Microsoft industry professionals that received their first MVP award or were also renewed.

The MVP awards are announced on the first day of each calendar quarter. Each successful candidate is then eligible for renewal annually on the same date as long as their MVP status remains in good standing.

The MVP is awarded in recognition of technical community leadership and willingness to share expertise over the last year. If you are interested in becoming a MVP or wish to nominate someone with exceptional contributions, you can learn more at

I look forward to continuing to participate in the Microsoft developer community and sharing my experiences and expertise, hopefully to the benefit of many.

Joe Kunk
Microsoft MVP Visual Basic
Okemos, MI USA
January 2012