VBOX Enable more than 4 NICs

I had a project that required me to using more than 4 NIC’s in Oracle VirtualBox, until then I thought it only supports 4 NIC’s! Well I was wrong and here is how I enabled my 5th NIC.

1. Navigate to virtualbox installation folder “C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\” using cmd.exe

2. Look for vboxmanage.exe using “dir” command

3. If vboxmanage.exe is there check if its working using “vboxmanage /?” it should display the list of parameters that can be use with vboxmanage.exe or check using “vboxmanage -v” it should display the version of vboxmanage.exe installed of your machine.

4. Identify your virtualbox machine that needs more than 4 network adapters, you can get the name on the virtualbox gui. (for this example i will be using “pfsense 2.3”)

5. Get the uuid of the virtual machine “pfsense 2.3” using the command

vboxmanage showvminfo “pfsense 2.3”

It should display the information of the virtual machine “pfsense 2.3” the uuid can be found on the upper part. (for this example “39ed8622-2ff9-4f90-b697-a1910b3a7745”)

6. Now we will enable the 5th network adapter using the command

vboxmanage modifyvm 39ed8622-2ff9-4f90-b697-a1910b3a7745 –nic5 bridged

7. Now we will bridge the 5th network adapter to the physical network adapter using the command (for this example “Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Network Connection”)

vboxmanage modifyvm pfsense 2.3 –bridgeadapter5 “Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Network Connection”

That’s it your done.

*NOTE: the name of the physical adapter can be found on the list of “Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections”

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