[Solved] Parallels Desktop: Interface vmnet1 is not present. This should be created at boot time.

I recently modified my Parallels DHCP settings because I’m really particular about the internal subnets I work with in the lab (192.168 is the ugliest subnet ever). Once I modified the file at /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/networking (OS X) my Parallels Desktop erred out and said

Interface vmnet1 is not present. This should be created at boot time.

Someone on this thread suggested a reinstall but that only worked as a temporary fix. Turns out, when you modify the networking file, you also need to restart your vmnet-cli service. You can do this with the following commands:

/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --stop
/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --config
/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --start
/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --status

I ended up just throwing the stop and start commands into a script and running it each time I modified my settings.

Chrissy has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Systems Engineer for a federal contractor in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became a Microsoft PowerShell MVP. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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