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

To add VMKernel networking to a vSphere distributed switch, see Create a VMkernel Network Adapter on a vSphere Distributed Switch in the vSphere Web Client.

1

Browse to a host in the vSphere Web Client navigator.

2

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

3

On the Select connection type page, select VMKernel Network Adapter and click Next.

4

On the Select target device page, select either an existing standard switch or a New vSphere standard switch.

5

(Optional) To select an existing standard switch:

a

Click the Select an existing standard switchbutton , and click Browse.

b

Select a standard switch from the list and click OK.

c

Click Next.

6

(Optional) To create a new standard switch, set the number of ports using the drop-down menu and click Next.

a

On the Create a Standard Switch page, assign an adapter to the standard switch.

b

Click Add and select an adapter from the list.

c

Use the Failover order group drop-down menu to assign the adapter to a group and click OK.

You can create a standard switch with or without Ethernet 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.

d

Click Next.

7

On the Port properties page, type a network label, or accept the generated label, and enter a VLAN ID.

Option

Description

Network Label

A name that identifies the port group that you are creating. Specify this label when you configure VMkernel services such as vMotion and IP storage and you configure a virtual adapter to be attached to this port group.

VLAN ID

Identifies the VLAN that the port group’s network traffic will use. Select the ID from the drop down menu.

8

(Optional) Select the vMotion traffic check box to enable this port group to advertise itself to another host as the network connection through which vMotion traffic should be sent.

9

(Optional) Select the Fault Tolerance logging check box to enable fault tolerance logging.

10

(Optional) Select the Management traffic check box to enable management traffic, and click Next.

11

(Optional) On the IPv4 settings page, select the method by which IP addresses are obtained.

Option

Description

Obtain IP settings automatically

Use DHCP to obtain IP settings.

Use static IP settings

Enter the IPv4 IP address and subnet mask for the VMkernel interface.

The VMkernel Default Gateway for IPv4 is set automatically.

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

12

(Optional) On the IPv6 settings page, select an option for obtaining IPv6 addresses.

Note

The IPv6 option does not appear on hosts that do not have IPv6 enabled.

Option

Description

Obtain IPv6 addresses automatically through DHCP

Use DHCP to obtain IPv6 addresses.

Obtain IPv6 addresses automatically through Router Advertisement

Use router advertisement to obtain IPv6 addresses.

Static IPv6 addresses

a

Click Add to add a new IPv6 address.

b

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

c

To change the VMkernel default gateway, click Edit.

13

Review your settings on the Ready to complete page and click Finish.

Click Back to change any setting.