Certain port mirroring functionality in vSphere 5.1 and later depends on which version of vCenter Server, vSphere distributed switch, and host you use, and how you use these aspects of vSphere together.

Port mirroring compatibility

vCenter Server version

vSphere distributed switch version

Host version

vSphere 5.1 port mirroring functionality

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.1 port mirroring is available for use. Features for vSphere 5.0 and earlier port mirroring are not available.

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.0 and earlier

vSphere 5.0 and earlier hosts can be added to vSphere 5.1 vCenter Server, but cannot be added to distributed switches version 5.1 and later.

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.0

vSphere 5.0

vSpherevCenter Server version 5.1 and later can configure port mirroring on a vSphere 5.0 distributed switch.

vSphere 5.1 and later

vSphere 5.0

vSphere 5.1 and later

Hosts running vSphere 5.1 can be added to vSphere 5.0 distributed switches and support vSphere 5.0 port mirroring.

vSphere 5.1 and later

Pre-vSphere 5.0

vSphere 5.5 and earlier

Port mirroring is not supported.

vSphere 5.0 and earlier

vSphere 5.0 and earlier

vSphere 5.1

A vSphere 5.1 host cannot be added to vCenter Server 5.0 and earlier.

If you use a host profile with port mirroring settings, the host profile must be adapted to the new version of port mirroring in vSphere 5.1 and later.