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How to set a MAC address as a static for VMware

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I need to setup a static MAC address on a host in VMware ESXi 6.
Can anyone show me the steps that I need to do to accomplish this?
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by:Michael Pfister
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Normally the MAC address of the ESXi host is derived from the hardware MAC address of the NIC in your server. In case this failed because the VMware setup has been cloned use this:

http://www.vhersey.com/2012/08/cloned-esxi-duplicate-vmk0-mac-addresses/ or http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1031111

Never tried to set my own MAC address. Don't know if this is still working in ESXi 6: https://www.bonusbits.com/wiki/HowTo:Change_the_MAC_Address_of_VMKNIC_on_ESXi_5
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Do you mean the Host or a Guest VM ?
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by:vmich
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sorry no the nics associated with a particular vm. So I guess I would change that on the host for the nics that are associated with that vm..
So I guess mpfister last link would be correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Just edit the VM NIC settings, when the VM is OFF, and click the button Static, and enter the MAC Address
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by:Michael Pfister
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My bad, I thought you want to set the MAC on the ESXi host, not on a VM running on it. Andrews answer is correct.
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Ok cool. Thanks to both of you. I will try Andrews method and let you know..
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by:vmich
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power off vm and chg mac
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