I was pulling my hair out the other day trying to connect to a VM in Parallels Desktop. It’s fairly straightforward, yet rather complex at the same time. Here’s how to do it step by step.
In this example I’m running Parallels Desktop 8 under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and my Guest OS CentOS 6.5.
Configuring your VM
Before starting the VM, start Parallels Desktop and head over to
- Virtual Machine
You’ll get to a screen like this:
Make sure the tick box is “Connected”. Under Type you get a drop-down menu with three options:
- Shared Network: gives your VM access to your internet/network connection, much like a “split”
- Bridged Network (with several options): creates a new IP address for your VM and attaches it to whichever device you choose. Stick to the “Default Adapter” here unless you know what you’re doing. This will let other devices on your network connect to the VM.
- Host-Only Network: also creates a new IP address for your VM, but only lets your Mac connect to the instance. Other devices on the network won’t be able to connect (more secure).
Pick Bridged (Default Adapter) or Host-Only, then start your VM.
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