You can add and configure an IPv4 VMkernel NIC by using vicfg-vmknic.

Specify one of the options listed in Connection Options for vCLI Host Management Commands in place of <conn_options>.


Add a new VMkernel network interface.

You must specify the IP address by using --ip, the netmask, and the name. For the following examples, assume that VMSF-VMK-363 is a port group to which you want to add a VMkernel network interface.

vicfg-vmknic <conn_options> --add --ip <ip_address> -n VMSF-VMK-363

You can specify the MTU setting when adding a VMkernel network interface. You cannot change that setting at a later time.

When the command finishes successfully, the newly added VMkernel network interface is enabled.


Change the IP address as needed.

vicfg-vmknic <conn_options> --ip <address> VMSF-VMK-363

For IPv4, the IP address can have one of the following formats.

<X.X.X.X> – Static IPv4 address.


The VMkernel supports DHCP only for ESXi 4.0 and later.


(Optional) Enable vMotion.

By default, vMotion is disabled.

vicfg-vmknic <conn_options> --enable-vmotion VMSF-VMK-363

You can later use --disable-vmotion to disable vMotion for this VMkernel network interface.


List information about all VMkernel network interfaces on the system.

vicfg-vmknic <conn_options> --list

The command displays the network information, port group, MTU, and current state for each virtual network adapter in the system.