Virtual machine port groups provide networking for virtual machines.

1

Browse to a host in the vSphere Web Client.

2

Right-click the host in the navigator and select All vCenter Actions > Add Networking.

3

In Select connection type, select Virtual Machine Port Group for a Standard Switch and click Next.

4

In Select target device, select an existing standard switch or create a new standard switch.

5

(Optional) If you select an existing standard switch:

a

Click Browse.

b

Select a standard switch from the list and click OK.

c

Click Next and go to Step step 8.

6

(Optional) If you create a new standard switch:

a

Set the Number of ports using the drop-down menu.

b

Click Next and go to the next step.

7

(Optional) In Create a Standard Switch, assign physical network adapters to the standard switch.

You can create a standard switch with or without adapters.

If you create a standard switch without physical network adapters, all traffic on that switch is confined to that switch. No other hosts on the physical network or virtual machines on other standard switches can send or receive traffic over this standard switch. You might create a standard switch without physical network adapters if you want a group of virtual machines to be able to communicate with each other, but not with other hosts or with virtual machines outside the group.

a

Select an adapter from the Unclaimed Adapters list and click Assign.

b

Assign the adapter to Active Adapters, Standy Adapters, or Unused Adapters and click OK.

c

Use the up and down arrows in the Assigned adapters list to change the position of the adapter if needed.

d

Click Next.

8

In Connection settings, type a Network Label for the port group, or accept the generated label.

9

(Optional) Set the VLAN ID for the port group.

10

Click Next.

11

Review the port group settings in Ready to complete and click Finish.

Click Back to change any settings.