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


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


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client and select a host in the inventory pane.
  2. On the host Configuration tab, click Networking.
  3. Select the vSphere Distributed Switch view.
  4. Click Manage Virtual Adapters.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Select New virtual adapter, and click Next.
  7. Select VMkernel and click Next.
  8. Choose a distributed port or distributed port group connection for the virtual adapter.
    Option Description
    Select a port group Choose the distributed port group for the virtual adapter to connect to from the drop-down menu.
    Select port Type the port ID of the distributed port for the virtual network adapter to connect to.
  9. Select Use this virtual adapter for vMotion 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.
  10. Choose whether to Use this virtual adapter for Fault Tolerance logging.
  11. Choose whether to Use this virtual adapter for management traffic, and click Next.
  12. Under IP Settings, specify the IP address and subnet mask.
    IPv6 cannot be used with a dependent hardware iSCSI adapter.
  13. Click Edit to set the VMkernel default gateway for VMkernel services, such as vMotion, NAS, and iSCSI.
  14. On the DNS Configuration tab, the name of the host is entered by default. The DNS server addresses and domain that were specified during installation are also preselected.
  15. On the Routing tab, enter gateway information for the VMkernel. A gateway is needed for connectivity to machines not on the same IP subnet as the VMkernel.
    Static IP settings is the default. Do not use routing with software iSCSI Multipathing configurations or dependent hardware iSCSI adapters.
  16. Click OK, and then click Next.
  17. Click Finish.