The IPv6 support in vSphere lets hosts work in an IPv6 network that has a large address space, enhanced multicasting, simplified routing, and so on.

In ESXi 6.0 and later releases, IPv6 is enabled by default.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the host.
  2. On the Configure tab, expand Networking and select TCP/IP Configuration.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Use the toggle button to activate or deactivate IPv6 support.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Reboot the host to apply the changes in the IPv6 support.

What to do next

Configure the IPv6 settings of VMkernel adapters on the host, for example, of the management network. See Set Up IPv6 on an ESXi Host.