You can configure a VMkernel networking interface using a VLAN on a blade server.


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


Click the Configuration tab, and click Networking.


On the right side of the page, click Properties for the vSwitch associated with the service console.


On the Ports tab, click Add.


Select VMkernel and click Next.

This option lets you connect the physical network to the VMkernel, which runs services for vMotion and IP storage (NFS or iSCSI).


In the Port Group Properties group, select or enter a network label and a VLAN ID.

Enter a network label to identify the port group that you are creating. This is the label that you specify when configuring a virtual adapter to be attached to this port group, when configuring VMkernel services, such as vMotion and IP storage.

Enter a VLAN ID to identify the VLAN that the port group’s network traffic will use.


Select Use this port group for vMotion to enable this port group to advertise itself to another ESX host as the network connection where vMotion traffic should be 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.


In the IP Settings group, click Edit to set the VMkernel default gateway for VMkernel services, such as vMotion, NAS, and iSCSI.

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

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

Static IP settings is the default.


Click OK and then click Next.


Click Back to make any changes.


Review your changes on the Ready to Complete page and click Finish.