You can examine the structure and components of a vSphere Standard Switch by using its topology diagram.

The topology diagram of a standard switch provides a visual representation of the adapters and port groups connected to the switch.

From the diagram you can edit the settings of a selected port group and of a selected adapter.

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In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host.

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On the Manage tab, click Networking, and select Virtual switches.

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Select the standard switch from the list.

The diagram appears under the list of virtual switches on the host.

In your virtual environment, a vSphere Standard Switch handles VMkernel adapters for vSphere vMotion and for the management network, and virtual machines grouped. You can use the central topology diagram to examine whether a virtual machine or VMkernel adapter is connected to the external network and to identify the physical adapter that carries the data.

Topology Diagram of a Standard Switch That Connects the VMkernel and Virtual Machines to the Network
The topology diagram of a standard switch shows the organization of virtual machine and VMkernel adapters on the switch, and the host physical adapters handling the traffic to and from the external network.