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

To add a VMKernel network adapter to a standard switch, see Set Up VMkernel Networking on a vSphere Standard Switch in the vSphere Web Client.

When adding a VMkernel network adapter to a distributed switch, a host must already be associated with the distributed switch.


Browse to a host in the vSphere Web Client navigator.


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


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


On the Select target device page, select an existing distributed port group and click Next.

Click Browse to select an existing distributed port group.


On the Port properties page, set the VMkernel port settings and click Next.



Network Label

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. This name is generated for a VMKernel on a distributed switch.

IP settings

Use the drop-down menu to enable IPv4, IPv6, or both.


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


Select the check box to enable this port group to advertise itself to another ESXi host as the network connection where vMotion traffic is sent. You can enable this property for only one vMotion and IP storage port group for each host. If this property is not enabled for any port group, migration with vMotion to the selected host is not possible.

Fault Tolerance logging

Select the check box to enable fault tolerance logging.

Management traffic

Select the check box to enable management traffic.


(Optional) On the IPv4 settings page, select the method by which IP addresses are obtained with the drop-down menu and click Next.



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.


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



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


Click Add to add a new IPv6 address.


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


To change the VMkernel default gateway, click Edit.


Review your setting selections in the Ready to complete section and click Finish.

ClickBack to change any setting.