When you add a network adapter (NIC) to a virtual machine, you select the adapter type, network connection, and whether the device should connect when the virtual machine is powered on.

Required privilege: Network.Assign network on a network.


Select a virtual machine.

In the virtual machines and templates inventory tree, select a group of virtual machines and select a virtual machine from the list on the right.

Search for a virtual machine and select it from the search results list.


In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.


Click Virtual Hardware.


From the Add a device drop-down menu, select Network and click Add device.

The new network adapter appears in the virtual devices list above.


Click the triangle next to the new network adapter to expand the network adapter options.


From the Adapter Type drop-down menu, select the adapter type to use.


(Optional) Specify how the MAC address is assigned.

Select Automatic to automatically assign a MAC address.

Select Manual to manually enter the MAC address you want.


From the Network Connection drop-down menu, select the network to connect to.

The menu lists all networks configured for virtual machine use on the host.


(Optional) Change the Device status settings.




Select or deselect this option while the virtual machine is running to connect or disconnect the virtual network adapter. This check box is not available when the virtual machine is not powered on.

Connect at power on

Select this option for the virtual network adapter to connect to the network when the virtual machine powers on. If you do not check this option, you must manually connect the adapter in order for the virtual machine to access the network.


Click OK.