You can configure the power-on connection setting, the MAC address, and the network connection of the virtual network adapter of 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. 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. (Optional) Select the adapter type from the Adapter Type drop-down menu.
  6. Select an option for MAC address configuration.
    Option Description

    vSphere assigns a MAC address automatically.


    Enter the MAC address to use.

  7. Click Save.