Create a VMkernel network adapter for use as a vMotion interface or an IP storage port group.

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Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the inventory panel.

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Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.

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Select the vNetwork Distributed Switch view.

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Click Manage Virtual Adapters.

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Click Add.

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Select New virtual adapter, and click Next.

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Select VMkernel and click Next.

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Choose a dvPort or dvPort group connection for the virtual adapter.

Option

Description

Select a port group

Choose the dvPort group for the virtual adapter to connect to from the drop-down menu.

Select port

Choose the dvPort for the virtual adapter to connect to from the drop-down menu.

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Select Use this virtual adapter for vMotion to enable this port group to advertise itself to another ESX host as the network connection where vMotion traffic is sent.

You can enable this property for only one vMotion and IP storage port group for each ESX host. If this property is not enabled for any port group, migration with vMotion to this host is not possible.

10

Choose whether to Use this virtual adapter for fault tolerance logging.

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Under IP Settings, specify the IP address and subnet mask.

IPv6 cannot be used with a dependent hardware iSCSI adapter.

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Click Edit to set the VMkernel default gateway for VMkernel services, such as vMotion, NAS, and iSCSI.

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On the DNS Configuration tab, the name of the host is entered by default. The DNS server addresses and domain that were specified during installation are also preselected.

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On the Routing tab, the service console and the VMkernel each need their own gateway information. A gateway is needed for connectivity to machines not on the same IP subnet as the service console or VMkernel.

Static IP settings is the default. Do not use routing with software iSCSI Multipathing configurations or dependent hardware iSCSI adapters.

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Click OK, and then click Next.

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Click Finish.