To connect an ESXi host over IPv6 to the management network, vSphere vMotion, shared storage, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and so on, edit the IPv6 settings of the VMkernel adapters on the host.


Verify that IPv6 is enabled on the ESXi host. See Enable or Disable IPv6 Support on a Host.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host.
  2. On the Configure tab, expand Networking and select VMkernel adapters.
  3. Select the VMkernel adapter on the target distributed or standard switch and click Edit.
  4. In the Edit Settings dialog box, click IPv6 settings.
  5. Configure the address assignment of the VMkernel adapter.

    IPv6 Address Option


    Obtain IPv6 address automatically through DHCP

    Receive an IPv6 address for the VMkernel adapter from a DHCPv6 server.

    Obtain IPv6 address automatically through Router Advertisement

    Receive an IPv6 address for the VMkernel adapter from a router through Router Advertisement.

    Static IPv6 addresses

    Set one or more addresses. For each address entry, enter the IPv6 address of the adapter, subnet prefix length and IPv6 address of the default gateway.

    You can select several assignment options according the configuration of your network.

  6. (Optional) From the Advanced Settings section of the IPv6 settings page, remove certain IPv6 addresses that are assigned through Router Advertisement.

    You might delete certain IPv6 addresses that the host obtained through Router Advertisement to stop the communication on these addresses. You might delete all automatically assigned address to enforce the configured static addresses on the VMkernel.

  7. Click OK to apply the changes on the VMkernel adapter.