You can change the power-on connection setting, the MAC address, and the network connection for the virtual network adapter configuration for a virtual machine.


Required Privileges:
  • Virtual machine.Configuration.Modify device settings for editing the MAC address and network.
  • Virtual machine.Interaction.Device connection for changing Connect and Connect at power on.
  • Network.Assign network


  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Hardware tab and select the appropriate NIC in the Hardware list.
  3. (Optional) To connect the virtual NIC when the virtual machine is powered on, select Connect at power on.
  4. (Optional) Click the blue information icon under DirectPath I/O to view details regarding the virtual NIC's DirectPath I/O status and capability.
  5. Select an option for MAC address configuration.
    Option Description
    Automatic vSphere assigns a MAC address automatically.
    Manual Type the MAC address to use.
  6. Configure the Network Connection for the virtual NIC.
    Option Description
    Standard settings The virtual NIC connects to a standard or distributed port group. Select the port group for the virtual NIC to connect to from the Network label drop-down menu.
    Advanced settings The virtual NIC connects to a specific port on a vSphere distributed switch. This option appears only when a vSphere distributed switch is available.
    1. Click Switch to advanced settings.
    2. Select a vSphere distributed switch for the virtual NIC to use from the VDS drop-down menu.
    3. Type the Port ID of the distributed port for virtual NIC to connect to.
  7. Click OK to save your changes.