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


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


Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.


In the Virtual Switch view, click Add Networking.


Select VMkernel and click Next.


Select the vSwitch to use, or select Create a virtual switch to create a new vSwitch.


Select the check boxes for the network adapters your vSwitch will use.

Select adapters for each vSwitch so that virtual machines or other services that connect through the adapter can reach the correct Ethernet segment. If no adapters appear under Create a new virtual switch, all the network adapters in the system are being used by existing vSwitches. You can either create a new vSwitch without a network adapter, or select a network adapter that an existing vSwitch uses.


Click Next.


Select or enter a network label and a VLAN ID.



Network Label

A name that identifies 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.


Identifies 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 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 host. If this property is not enabled for any port group, migration with vMotion to this host is not possible.


Choose whether to use this port group for fault tolerance logging.


On an IPv6-enabled host, choose whether to use IP (Default), IPv6, or IP and IPv6 networking.

This option does not appear on hosts that do not have IPv6 enabled. IPv6 configuration cannot be used with dependent hardware iSCSI adapters.


Click Next.


Select Obtain IP settings automatically to use DHCP to obtain IP settings, or select Use the following IP settings to specify IP settings manually.

If you choose to specify IP settings manually, provide this information.

DHCP cannot be used with dependent hardware iSCSI adapters.


Enter the IP address and subnet mask for the VMkernel interface.

This address must be different from the IP address set for the service console.


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


On the DNS Configuration tab, the name of the host is entered by default.

The DNS server addresses that were specified during installation are also preselected, as is the domain.


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. The default is static IP settings.


Click OK, then click Next.


If you are using IPv6 for the VMkernel interface, select one of the following options for obtaining IPv6 addresses.

Obtain IPv6 addresses automatically through DHCP

Obtain IPv6 addresses automatically through router advertisement

Static IPv6 addresses


If you choose to use static IPv6 addresses, complete the following steps.


Click Add to add a new IPv6 address.


Enter the IPv6 address and subnet prefix length, and click OK.


To change the VMkernel default gateway, click Edit.


Click Next.


Review the information, click Back to change any entries, and click Finish.