Policies set at the standard switch or distributed port group level apply to all of the port groups on the standard switch or to ports in the distributed port group. The exceptions are the configuration options that are overridden at the standard port group or distributed port level.

Watch the video about applying networking policies on vSphere standard and distributed switches.

You apply networking policies differently on vSphere Standard Switches and vSphere Distributed Switches. Not all policies that are available for a vSphere Distributed Switch are also available for a vSphere Standard Switch.

To apply different policies for distributed ports, you configure the per-port overriding of the policies that are set at the port group level. You can also enable the reset of any configuration that is set on per-port level when a distributed port disconnects from a virtual machine.

NIC teaming lets you increase the network capacity of a virtual switch by including two or more physical NICs in a team. To determine how the traffic is rerouted in case of adapter failure, you include physical NICs in a failover order. To determine how the virtual switch distributes the network traffic between the physical NICs in a team, you select load balancing algorithms depending on the needs and capabilities of your environment.

VLAN policies determine how VLANs function across your network environment.

Networking security policy provides protection of traffic against MAC address impersonation and unwanted port scanning

A traffic shaping policy is defined by average bandwidth, peak bandwidth, and burst size. You can establish a traffic shaping policy for each port group and each distributed port or distributed port group.

The Resource Allocation policy allows you to associate a distributed port or port group with a user-created network resource pool. This policy provides you with greater control over the bandwidth given to the port or port group.

The monitoring policy enables or disables NetFlow monitoring on a distributed port or port group.

In a vSphere distributed switch 5.5 and later, by using the traffic filtering and marking policy, you can protect the virtual network from unwanted traffic and security attacks or apply a QoS tag to a certain type of traffic.

You can modify networking policies for multiple port groups on a vSphere Distributed Switch.

Port blocking policies allow you to selectively block ports from sending or receiving data.