A vNetwork Distributed Switch functions as a single virtual switch across all associated hosts. This allows virtual machines to maintain a consistent network configuration as they migrate across multiple hosts. If you migrate an existing standard switch (virtual adapter) to a vNetwork Distributed Switch and the vNetwork Distributed Switch becomes unnecessary or stops functioning, you can restore the standard switch to ensure that the host remains accessible.

When you restore the standard switch, a new virtual adapter is created and the management network uplink that is currently connected to vNetwork Distributed Switch is migrated to the new virtual switch.

You might need to restore the standard switch for the following reasons:

The vNetwork Distributed Switch is no longer needed or is not functioning.

The vNetwork Distributed Switch needs to be repaired to restore connectivity to vCenter Server. In the meantime, the hosts need to remain accessible, so the standard switch is needed.

YOu no longer want the host to be managed by vCenter Server. When the host is not connected to vCenter Server, most vNetwork Distributed Switch features are unavailable to the host.

Your management network must be connected to a vNetwork Distributed Switch.


From the direct console, select Restore Standard Switch and press Enter.

If the host is already on a standard switch, this selection is grayed-out, and you cannot select it.


Press F11 to confirm.