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Sunday, 12 April 2020

VMware Workstation 15: The network bridge on device VMnet0 is temporarily down because the bridged Ethernet interface is down

The message "The network bridge on device VMnet0 is temporarily down because the bridged Ethernet interface is down" is displayed in VMware Workstation when starting a virtual machine guest with bridged networking configured.

To resolve, first verify that VMware Bridge Protocol is enabled for the network adapter in Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.

Alternatively, open a command prompt or PowerShell prompt and run the command ncpa.cpl to open the Network Connections window.

The message can also be shown if the VMnet0 network is missing from Virtual Network Editor in VMware Workstation.

Open Virtual Network Editor via Edit > Virtual Network Editor...
Select Change Settings

The default network configuration is:

- VMnet0 : Bridged : Auto-bridging
- VMnet1 : Host-only
- VMnet8 : NAT : NAT

If VMnet0 is missing repair the VMware Workstation installation in Settings > Apps > Apps & features or Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.

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