You can assign static MAC addresses to the virtual NIC of a powered off virtual machine by using the vSphere Web Client.


  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 Hardware.
  4. Click Edit and select the Virtual Hardware tab in the dialog box displaying the settings.
  5. In the Virtual Hardware tab, expand the network adapter section.
  6. Under MAC Address, select Manual from the drop-down menu.
  7. Type the static MAC address, and click OK.
  8. Power on the virtual machine.