You must activate software FCoE adapters so that your host can use them to access Fibre Channel storage.

The number of software FCoE adapters you can activate corresponds to the number of physical FCoE NIC ports on your host. ESXi supports the maximum of four software FCoE adapters on one host.


Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.

Set up networking for the software FCoE adapter.

Required privilege: Host.Configuration.Storage Partition Configuration


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client, and select a host from the inventory panel.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and click Storage Adapters in the Hardware panel.
  3. Click Add, select Software FCoE Adapter, and click OK.
  4. On the Add Software FCoE Adapter dialog box, select an appropriate vmnic from the drop-down list of physical network adapters.
    Only those adapters that are not yet used for FCoE traffic are listed.
  5. Click OK.
    The software FCoE adapter appears on the list of storage adapters.


After you activate the software FCoE adapter, you can view its properties. If you do not use the adapter, you can remove it from the list of adapters.