For each VMkernel adapter, you can view its assigned services, associated switch, port settings, IP settings, TCP/IP stack, VLAN ID, and policies.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host.
  2. Click Manage and click Networking.
  3. To view information about all VMkernel adapters on the host, select VMkernel adapters.

    For ESX hosts 4.x, the VMkernel adapters option displays the ESX service console.




    Name of the VMkernel adapter.

    Network Label

    Name of the network to which the VMkernel adapter is connected.


    vSphere standard or distributed switch with which the VMkernel adapter is associated.

    IP Address

    The IP address of the VMkernel adapter.

    TCP/IP Stack

    The TCP/IP stack that handles the traffic for the VMkernel adapter. If there is a custom TCP/IP stack, set for the VMkernel adapter, it is displayed.

    vMotion Traffic

    Status of vMotion on the VMkernel adapter.

    FT Logging

    Status of FT Logging on the VMkernel adapter.

    Management Traffic

    Status of Management Traffic on the VMkernel adapter.

    Virtual SAN Traffic

    Status of the Virtual SAN traffic on the VMkernel adapter.

  4. Select an adapter from the VMkernel adapters list to view its settings.




    Displays all configuration information about the VMkernel adapter. This includes port and NIC settings, IPv4 and IPv6 settings, traffic shaping, teaming and failover, and security policies.


    Displays the port properties and NIC settings of the VMkernel adapter. The port properties include the port group (network label) to which the adapter is associated, the VLAN ID and the enabled services. The NIC settings include

    IP Settings

    Displays all IPv4 and IPv6 settings for the VMkernel adapter. IPv6 information is not displayed if IPv6 has not been enabled on the host.


    Displays the configured traffic shaping, teaming and failover, and security policies that apply for the port group where the VMkernel adapter is connected.