You can edit a VMkernel virtual network adapter on a vSphere distributed switch to change the IP settings, such as IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS configuration. You can also select whether the virtual adapter is used for vMotion or fault tolerance logging.

1

Browse to a host in the vSphere Web Client navigator.

2

Click the Manage tab, and select Networking > Virtual adapters.

3

Select a VMkernel from the list of virtual adapters and click Edit.

4

(Optional) On the Port properties page, enable or disable service by selecting or deselecting check boxes.

Option

Description

vMotion traffic

Use 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 this host is not possible.

Fault Tolerance logging

Use the check box to enable fault tolerance logging.

Management traffic

Use the check box to enable management traffic.

5

(Optional) On the NIC settings page, click the up and down arrows to set the MTU for the VMkernel adapter.

6

(Optional) On the IPv4 settings page, edit the IPv4 settings.

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 default gateway for IPv4 is set automatically.

The DNS server addresses you specified during installation are displayed.

7

(Optional) On the IPv6 settings page, edit the IPv6 settings.

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

Click Edit to change the VMkernel default gateway, .

d

To remove a VMkernel default gateway, select the IPv6 address and click Remove.

8

On the Validate changes page, review dependencies for the network adapter.

9

Click OK.