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Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches

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Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch capabilities (similar as vSphere 4.1)

Official page with features of vDS:

  • Improves visibility into virtual machine traffic through Netflow (New in vDS 5)
  • Enhances monitoring and troubleshooting using SPAN and LLDP (New in vDS 5)
  • Enables the new Network I/O Control (NIOC) feature (now utilizing per VM controls) (New in vDS 5)
  • Simplified provisioning and administration of virtual networking across many hosts and clusters through a centralized interface.
  • Simplified end-to-end physical and virtual network management through third-party virtual switch extensions for the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch.
  • Enhanced provisioning and traffic management capabilities through private VLAN support and bi-directional virtual machine rate-limiting.
  • Enhanced security and monitoring for virtual machines migrated via VMware vMotion through maintenance and migration of port runtime state.
  • Prioritized controls between different traffic types, including virtual machine, vMotion, FT, and IP storage traffic.
  • Load-based teaming for dynamic adjustment of the teaming algorithm so that the load is always balanced across a team of physical adapters on the distributed switch (New in vDS 4.1).

See also: vSphere 5 new Networking features.

Create/Delete a vNetwork Distributed Switch (same as vSphere 4.x)

For this and next points see the vSphere Networking Guide and http://thevirtualheadline.com/2011/07/11/vsphere-vnetwork-distributed-switches/.

Add/Remove ESXi hosts from a vNetwork Distributed Switch (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 21).

Add/Configure/Remove dvPort groups (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 25).

Add/Remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 29).

Create/Configure/Remove virtual adapters (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 30).

Migrate virtual adapters to/from a vNetwork Standard Switch (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 31) and VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch: Migration and Configuration

Migrate virtual machines to/from a vNetwork Distributed Switch (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Networking Guide (page 33) and VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch: Migration and Configuration

Determine use case for a vNetwork Distributed Switch (similar as vSphere 4.1)

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2837 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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