This procedure lets you connect the VMkernel, which runs services for iSCSI storage, to the physical network adapter.

1

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

2

Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.

3

In the Virtual Switch view, click Add Networking.

4

Select VMkernel and click Next.

5

Select Create a virtual switch to create a new vSwitch.

If no adapters appear under Create a virtual switch, existing vSwitches are using all of the network adapters in the system. You can use an existing vSwitch for your iSCSI traffic.

6

Select an adapter you want to use for iSCSI traffic.

Important

Do not use iSCSI on 100Mbps or slower adapters.

7

Click Next.

8

Under Port Group Properties, enter a network label. Network label is a friendly name that identifies the VMkernel port that you are creating.

9

Click Next.

10

Specify the IP settings and click Next.

11

Review the information and click Finish.

You can now enable your software initiator.