Selecting the correct virtual network adapter

When you configure a virtual machine, you can add NICs and specify the adapter type. The types of network adapters that are available depend on the following factors:

  • The version of the virtual machine, which depends on which host created it or most recently updated it.
  • Whether or not the virtual machine has been updated to the latest version for the current host.
  • The guest operating system.

The following virtual NIC types are supported:

  • Vlance
  • VMXNET
  • Flexible
  • E 1000
  • Enhanced VMXNET (VMXNET 2)
  • VMXNET 3

If you want to know more about these network adapter types then refer to the following KB article:

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1001805

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you will need one or more running ESXi ...

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