You can change the power-on connection setting, the MAC address, and the network connection for the virtual network adapter configuration for a virtual machine.

Required Privileges:

Virtual machine.Configuration.Modify device settings for editing the MAC address and network.

Virtual machine.Interaction.Device connection for changing Connect and Connect at power on.

Network.Assign network

1

In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

2

Click the Hardware tab and select the appropriate NIC in the Hardware list.

3

(Optional) To connect the virtual NIC when the virtual machine is powered on, select Connect at power on.

4

(Optional) Click the blue information icon under DirectPath I/O to view details regarding the virtual NIC's DirectPath I/O status and capability.

5

Select an option for MAC address configuration.

Option

Description

Automatic

vSphere assigns a MAC address automatically.

Manual

Type the MAC address to use.

6

Configure the Network Connection for the virtual NIC.

Option

Description

Standard settings

The virtual NIC connects to a standard or distributed port group. Select the port group for the virtual NIC to connect to from the Network label drop-down menu.

Advanced settings

The virtual NIC connects to a specific port on a vSphere distributed switch. This option appears only when a vSphere distributed switch is available.

a

Click Switch to advanced settings.

b

Select a vSphere distributed switch for the virtual NIC to use from the VDS drop-down menu.

c

Type the Port ID of the distributed port for virtual NIC to connect to.

7

Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.