Network I/O Control version 3 allocates bandwidth to individual virtual machines based on configured shares, reservation, and limit for the network adapters in the VM hardware settings.

Table 1. Bandwidth Allocation Parameters for a VM Network Adapter
Parameter for Bandwidth Allocation Description
Shares The relative priority, from 1 to 100, of the traffic through this VM network adapter against the capacity of the physical adapter that is carrying the VM traffic to the network.
Reservation The minimum bandwidth, in Mbps, that the VM network adapter must receive on the physical adapter.
Limit The maximum bandwidth on the VM network adapter for traffic to other virtual machines on the same or on another host.