Fusion Bridging Broke After Software Update

After installing a couple of Mac OS X 10.5.6 Software Updates today:

  • Security Update 2009-001
  • Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 3

I received “The network bridge on device /dev/vmnet0 is not running.” error in VMware Fusion v2.0.2 (147997) when I tried to restore my Fedora 10 VM.  The Google search produced some interesting results but nothing worked.  I reinstalled Fusion and the dialog went away but network bridging still did not work.  I then uninstalled and then installed Fusion and the same result.  I rebooted my XP VM and it doesn’t have network connectivity either.

What finally did work was to uninstall Fusion and follow the manual uninstall procedures here.  Then after a clean install network bridging is working again.