You might have to change the supported traffic type for a VMkernel network adapter, or the way IPv4 or IPv6 addresses are obtained.


  1. Click Networking in the VMware Host Client inventory and click VMkernel NICs.
  2. Select the VMkernel adapter that resides on the target standard switch, click Actions, and select Edit settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. (Optional) Edit the VLAN ID.
    The VLAN ID determines the VLAN that the network traffic of the VMkernel adapter uses.
  4. (Optional) To edit the IP version, select IPv4, IPv6, or both from the drop-down list.
    Note: The IPv6 option does not appear on hosts that do not have IPv6 enabled.
  5. (Optional) Expand the IPv4 settings section to select an option for obtaining IP addresses.
    Option Description
    Use DHCP to obtain IP settings

    IP settings are obtained automatically. A DHCP server must be present on the network.

    Use static IP settings

    Enter the IPv4 address and subnet mask for the VMkernel adapter.

    The VMkernel Default Gateway and DNS server addresses for IPv4 are obtained from the selected TCP/IP stack.

  6. (Optional) Expand the IPv6 settings section to select an option for obtaining IPv6 addresses.
    Option Description

    Use DHCP to obtain IPv6 addresses. A DHCPv6 server must be present on the network.

    Auto Configuration

    Use router advertisement to obtain IPv6 addresses.

    Static IPv6 Addresses
    1. Click Add address to add a new IPv6 address.
    2. Enter the IPv6 address and subnet prefix length.
  7. (Optional) Select the service to enable or disable for the default TCP/IP stack on the host.
    vMotion enables the VMkernel adapter to advertise itself to another host as the network connection where vMotion traffic is sent. It is not possible to use vMotion to perform migrations to selected hosts if the vMotion service is not enabled for any VMkernel adapter on the default TCP/IP stack, or if no adapters use the vMotion TCP/IP stack.
  8. Review your setting modifications and click Save to apply your changes.