To ensure that a virtual machine and a physical NIC can exchange data, you must associate a virtual machine with one or more virtual functions.

About this task

After you enable the virtual functions on the host, each of them becomes available as a PCI device.

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


  • Verify that the configuration of your environment supports SR-IOV. See SR-IOV Support.

  • Verify that the virtual functions exist on the host.

  • Verify that the passthrough networking device for the virtual function is active on the host.


  1. Select a virtual machine from the inventory panel of the vSphere Client.
  2. Power off the virtual machine.
  3. From the Inventory menu, select Virtual Machine > Edit Settings.
  4. On the Resources tab, select Memory.
  5. Select Unlimited.
  6. On the Hardware tab, click Add.
  7. Select PCI Device and click Next.
  8. From the drop-down menu select the virtual function.
  9. Click Finish.
  10. Power on the virtual machine.


Adding a virtual function as a PCI device to a virtual machine sets memory reservation to the memory size of the virtual machine.