How to create a VMware vSphere virtual machine utilizing all available features

Step 10: Select the network interface type

Selecting what type of network interface and on what virtual switch the virtual machine will reside is the next part of the provisioning process. vSphere includes the VMXNET3 virtualized network adapter that is optimized for virtual machines. Once VMware Tools are installed, the VMXNET3 driver will connect at 10 GBps; even if your line rate is only 100 MBps! You can also select the new distributed virtual switch option for the virtual machine.


Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.