To set a static MAC address for a virtual machine, you can edit the configuration file of the virtual machine by using the vSphere Web Client.

Procedure

  1. Locate the virtual machine in the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Select a data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host and click the VMs tab.
    2. Click Virtual Machines and double-click the virtual machine from the list.
  2. Power off the virtual machine.
  3. On the Configure tab of the virtual machine, expand Settings and select VM Options.
  4. Click Edit and expand Advanced from the VM Options tab within the dialog box displaying the settings.
  5. Click Edit Configuration.
  6. To assign a static MAC address, add or edit parameters as required.

    Parameter

    Value

    ethernetX.addressType

    static

    ethernetX.address

    MAC_address_of_the_virtual_NIC

    X next to ethernet stands for the sequence number of the virtual NIC in the virtual machine.

    For example, 0 in ethernet0 represents the settings of the first virtual NIC device added to the virtual machine.

  7. Click OK.
  8. Power on the virtual machine.