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How to Configure Guest Operating System Profile Networking Settings

Whether you create a stand-alone guest operating system profile, modify an existing stand-alone operating system profile, or create the profile while running the New Template Wizard, you can use the following procedure to specify the workgroup or domain to which virtual machines created by using this guest operating system profile will be joined.

Before You Start

The following procedure assumes one of the following:

  • You are creating a new stand-alone guest operating system profile and are configuring the Guest OS tab.
  • You are configuring guest operating system profile settings on the Guest Operating System page of the New Template Wizard.
  • You are configuring the properties of an existing stand-alone guest operating system profile on its Guest OS tab.
To configure Networking settings on a guest operating system profile
  1. Under Networking (on the Guest OS tab of a stand-alone guest operating system profile or on the Guest Operating System page in the New Template Wizard), configure the settings as follows.

    Click Domain / Workgroup in the left pane, and then, in the results pane, choose one of the following options:

    Option 1: If you want virtual machines created by using this profile to be joined to a workgroup, accept the default selection, Workgroup, and then either accept the default name, WORKGROUP, or type a new name for the workgroup.

    Option 2: If you want virtual machines created by using this profile to be in a domain, select Domain and then specify values under Domain account for the following fields:

    • Domain user. Type the name (in the format Domain\Username) for a user account that has permission to join virtual machines to this domain.
    • Password. Type the password for that domain user.
      Important
      For increased security during the automation of mini-Setup, enter a user account with limited privileges. The account must be able to add the computer to a domain.

    • Confirm. Retype the password.
    Note
    On a stand-alone guest operating system profile, you can select either the Workgroup option or the Domain option. However, on the Guest Operating System page configured while running the New Template Wizard, the Domain option is available only if, on the Hardware Configuration page of the template, you added a virtual network adapter and connected it to a physical network adapter on the host. For more information, see How to Add and Configure Network Adapters for a Virtual Machine.

  2. Click Apply to save the workgroup or domain settings so that you can configure other guest operating system profile settings.

  3. To save the guest operating system profile settings, do one of the following:

    • Option 1: If this guest operating system profile is a new or existing stand-alone profile, click Apply to save the settings.
    • Option 2: If this guest operating system profile is on the Guest Operating System page of the New Template Wizard (and you have completed any other settings you want to configure on this profile), click Next to save the settings and continue to the next page. Alternatively, to save your settings not only in this wizard but also as a stand-alone profile, click Save Profile, type a name in the Name field on the General tab (and, optionally, change any other settings); click Apply, click OK to return to the Guest Operating System page; click Next to continue to the next wizard page, and then complete the wizard as usual.
    • Option 3: If this guest operating system profile is on the properties page of an existing template, click Apply to save the settings.

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