I installed CentOS 6.2 (CentOS-6.2-x86_64-minimal.iso) with VMWare Fusion(Version 4.1.2). (Not with EasyInstall). I am using MacOSX Lion, connect to internet via WIFI.

The centos installed does not have network connectivity. **How may I configure it to connect to wifi? **

Thanks for any help.

Below is screenshot of ifconfig: enter image description here

With the setting Network Adapter, I tried both NAT and Bridged > WiFi.

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Did you install the VMWare Tools on the CentOS guest? If not, try that and restart the VM.

A quick check to see if any device is configured would be to run ifconfig -a, which will show all interfaces on the system.

If an eth0 is displayed in that output, you may have an issue with interface auto-configuration. This is possibly a result of the Network Manager service... If eth0 shows up, you have several options:

  • Run ifup eth0 to try to bring the connection online.
  • Run system-config-network to configure the interface.
  • Configure the interface manually at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0.

Let us know what you see, though.

  • What should I select for Network Adapter setting? the 2nd screenshot in my question, which option to pick? – gilzero May 4 '12 at 11:50
  • That doesn't matter. You're not seeing any interfaces within the guest yet. – ewwhite May 4 '12 at 11:53
  • thank you. i got it work after editing /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 – gilzero May 4 '12 at 12:02

Ah. CentOS6 doesn't connect the eth interfaces by default.

Create this file: /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 containing these lines


...and restart your networking with 'sudo service network restart' and your eth should pull an IP via DHCP.

If you wish to set a static IP you can add IPADDR and NETMASK settings in this file, but I have not done that so experimenting with the syntax is left as an exercise for you.


ifconfig returns only the properly configured network interfaces. Type

ifconfig -a 

You will probably find a network interface that is not configured. Configure it manually by editing the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/iface-ethx

Replace ethx in the vile name by the name of the interface you found with ifconfig -a


I tried and came to the same result.

My diagnostics : the minimal iso lacks the tools to finish a proper vmware installation. As it is, it doesn't recognize the vmware emulated hardware layer and does not install the software (perl, make, gcc) necessary to install vmware tools.

So i think we're stuck here : no network to fetch the software needed to install vmware tools and no vmware driver to get network...

  1. Install your VMWare tool.

  2. Restart your machine and check if your vmtool is running. (ps aux | grep vmware)

  3. go to the configuration /etc/sysconfig/networking/devices/ifcfg-eth0 and comment the following lines.





4) and change ONBOOT=yes

5) save the file and restart the network service (service network restart) and do one final reboot.

6) ifconfig --> should display the eth0 with IP address assigned.

This completely worked for me :-)

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