Before you activate the software FCoE adapters, you need to connect the VMkernel to physical FCoE NICs installed on your host.


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


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client, and select a host from the inventory panel.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.
  3. In the vSphere standard switch view, click Add Networking.
  4. Select VMkernel and click Next.
  5. Select Create a vSphere standard switch to create a new vSphere standard switch.
  6. Select the network adapter (vmnic#) that supports FCoE and click Next.
    If your host has multiple network adapters or multiple ports on the adapter, you can add all of them to a single vSphere standard switch. An alternative is to connect each FCoE NIC to a separate standard switch.
    Note: ESXi supports the maximum of four network adapter ports used for software FCoE.
  7. Enter a network label.
    Network label is a friendly name that identifies the VMkernel adapter that you are creating, for example, FCoE.
  8. Specify a VLAN ID and click Next.
    Because FCoE traffic requires an isolated network, make sure that the VLAN ID you enter is different from the one used for regular networking on your host. For more information, see the vSphere Networking documentation.
  9. Specify the IP settings and click Next.
  10. Review the information and click Finish.


You have created the virtual VMkernel adapter for the physical FCoE network adapter installed on your host.
Note: To avoid FCoE traffic disruptions, do not remove the FCoE network adapter (vmnic#) from the vSphere standard switch after you set up FCoE networking.