Network Interface node
A Network Interface node represents the network interface of an inferred device.
The loopback interface
lo (IPv4 address
127.0.0.1, IPv6 address
::1) is never modeled.
Network Interface node lifecycle
The following section describes the scenarios in which a Network Interface node is created, updated or destroyed.
A Network Interface node is created in the datastore when a host, network device, printer, or SNMP managed device is scanned successfully. The new Network Interface node will only be created if one with the same key does not already exist as a child of that node.
A Network Interface node is updated every time the parent host or device is scanned successfully with sufficient credentials to run the discovery command.
To remove a Network Interface node manually, find the necessary Network Interface node, select it in the list and pick Destroy from the Actions list.
A Network Interface node is automatically destroyed if it is not seen on a subsequent scan of its parent host or device. This is an Authoritative Removal type, see Authoritative Removal. The Network Interface node is also destroyed when its parent host or device is destroyed. This is a Containment Removal type because a NetworkInterface cannot exist without its parent host or device, see Containment Removal. For information on the destruction of Host nodes, see Host node lifecycle.
Network Interface node attributes
The attributes and relationships on a Network Interface node are described in the tables below.
Full name of the network interface.
Interface name of the network interface.
Physical (MAC) Address.
Current speed in Mbps.
Current speed in bps.
Duplex setting (Full/Half).
A flag which indicates that this interface represents a bonded (teamed/aggregated) interface.
Shows which mode the aggregation is in.
The interfaces aggregated by this interface.
List of interfaces which aggregate this interface.
The interfaces aggregated with this interface.
The ifIndex value.
A flag which indicates that this interface represents the service console for an ESX host.
Type of interface where it is known.
The SNMP\WMI description for the interface.
The name of the IPMP group this interface is in.
The virtual adapters dependent on this physical adapter.
The physical adapters supporting this virtual adapter.
The shared adapters this physical or virtual adapter depends on.
The AIX adapter location.
Windows: network device ID.
The type of this network adapter.
Indicates if this interface is configured by DHCP.
Windows: Setting GUID.
Windows: Service Name.
Windows: Interface index, used as zoneid for IPv6.
DNS Hostname for this interface.
Windows: path to the network database files.
DNS Servers for this interface.
Network adapter manufacturer.
DNS Domain for this interface.
DHCP server for this interface.
Network driver version.
Network driver date.
Primary WINS Server
Primary WINS server for this interface.
Secondary WINS Server
Secondary WINS server for this interface.
The index number of the interface.
Number of Neighbors
The number of neighbor MAC addresses for this interface.
Neighbor MAC Addresses
The list of neighbor MAC addresses for this interface.
Network Interface node relationships
The relationships on a Network Interface node are described in the table below.
The host that this network interface belongs to.
The network device that this network interface belongs to.
The printer that this network interface belongs to.
SNMP Managed Device
The SNMP managed device that this network interface belongs to.
The Management Controller that this network interface belongs to.
The storage device that this network interface belongs to.
The IPv4 address of this network interface.
The IPv6 address of this network interface.
The edge device interface that this client interface is connected to.
The client interface that this edge device interface is connected to.
Not displayed in UI