I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Mac VMWare Fusion (Version 4.1.2). The installation went fine and Ubuntu seemed to update itself during the install. After reboot I cannot get Ubuntu to access the internet via my Macs Ethernet connection (Connected to a router). I have tried to set the VMWare network adaptor to NAT or bridged and Host only without success.

In Ubuntu I have the eth0 set to Automatic DHCP. VMWare tools are installed as well.

I know next to nothing about what to do here and net searches on both Stackoverflow and Superuser sites are producing not results for me.

Could someone please help?

2 Answers 2


The user noted in a comment that he wrote down the values of his IP address. He applied those to the configuration using NAT. Now the system seems to work.


I had this same problem, except I was on VirtualBox. I resolved it by configuring my VM in bridged mode.

I would make sure you check your DNS resolution on your guest OS, for example:

ping google.ca

Try both pings, if the bottom one resolves it means you just need to configure the DNS on your guest OS.

If this is the case, you can easily use google's DNS servers and you should be up and running in little time.

Hope that help, cheers!

  • hi and cheers for your answer. I think something fundamental is wrong with the setup. Cant even ping the router address of As a test I started another VMWAre machine and this time booted from the 12.04 Bootable disk (No install) This immediately has network and internet connection without me doing anything. Looking at its settings its setup for NAT on the VMWare host and the guest is Wired Conn etho0 - DHCP Automatic. Odd cause when I do this on the installed version nothing happens. Says cable unplugged.
    – John Cogan
    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:37
  • That is indeed ... weird!Try: dpkg-reconfigure ifupdown but that has no guarantees. I found info at the very bottom of this ubuntu networking help page on bridge mode. I was wondering after reading that if your Mac needs to be configured for bridged mode. Maybe not, since another VM was conencted with live cd. Good-luck! Apr 22, 2012 at 6:50
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    Thanks Stef. Got this to connect now. What I did was note down the IP4 values and then applied these in my install on the wired config, Manual. Using NAT. Seems to be working, not sure though what will happen the next time I dial up. Thanks Anyway.
    – John Cogan
    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:00
  • It was a pleasure. I'm happy to see you have things running. Apr 22, 2012 at 7:10
  • @JohnCogan , can you elaborate on that? What do you mean with "applied these in my install on the wired config, Manual" ?
    – rnunes
    Jan 13, 2016 at 14:58

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