You can configure the power-on connection setting, the MAC address, and the network connection of the virtual network adapter of a virtual machine.

Before you begin

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. Click Virtual Machines in the VMware Host Client inventory.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine in the list and select Edit settings from the pop-up menu.
  3. Click the Virtual Hardware tab and select the appropriate Network Adapter (NIC) from the hardware list.
  4. (Optional) : To connect the virtual NIC when the virtual machine is powered on, select Connect at power on.
  5. Select an option for MAC address configuration.




    vSphere assigns a MAC address automatically.


    Enter the MAC address to use.

  6. Click Save.