Changing the IP configuration for the default logical interface

You can switch the default logical interface (LIF) back and forth between dynamic (DHCP) and static IP addressing, or you can change a static IP address to a different static IP address.

About this task

You use the VMware vSphere Web Client to convert the IP address.
Note: Specifying the static IP address and netmask are mandatory. Specifying a gateway is optional.


  1. In the left pane of the VMware vSphere Web Client, right-click on the virtual machine whose IP address you want to convert.
  2. Select Shut Down Guest OS.
  3. Right-click again and select Edit Settings.
  4. From the top menu tabs, select vApp Options.
  5. Expand the Networking Properties menu and complete the IP Address, Netmask, and Gateway fields.

    When converting to DHCP, enter for the IP Address, Netmask, and Gateway fields.

    Note: Completing the Gateway field is optional.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Right-click on the virtual machine and select Power On.
    The IP address is set according to the protocol you choose.