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Fixes for Fusion issues

If Shared folders stop working

  • Info scraped from here: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/524951?tstart=0
  • If you can no longer directly access \\vmware-host nor map drives from that location but you still have shared folders turned on and shared folder locations enable then you must edit the following registry setting to fix
  • After you fix this registry setting there is no need to log out or reboot etc. The setting takes immediate effect.
  • Open regedit
  • Modify the following key

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider\Order

    Name: ProviderOrder

    Type: REG_SZ

    Data: "RDPNP, LanmanWorkstation,webclient"


    Modify to:

    Data: "vmhgfs,RDPNP, LanmanWorkstation,webclient"


  • Now exit regedit and you should be able to browse to \\vmware-host and map drives to the shared folders underneath. You will have to remap all your previous drives. They wont come back automatically.

Broken Networking inside the VM (Mac) 

  1. Open terminal
  2. Run the following command: sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --stop 
  3. Then run: sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --start
  4. Give it about 5-10 seconds and the VM machine's internet should start working again. 

You can also create a simple bash script that looks like this, name it brokenvmnetworking.sh, and run it with ./brokenvmnetworking.sh from the terminal if you don't feel like copy/pasting it. 

#!/bin/bash

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

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

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