In vSphere, you can create standard networks and distributed networks. Standard networks provide a method of communication among the virtual machines on a standalone host and consist of vNetwork Standard Switches (vSwitch) and port groups. Distributed networks aggregate the networking capabilities of multiple hosts and enable virtual machines to keep consistent network configuration as they migrate across hosts. Distributed networks consist of vNetwork Distributed Switches, uplink groups, and port groups.

Open a vSphere Client connection to a vCenter Server.

Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a standard switch.

Verify that a host exists in the inventory.

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Select a host from the inventory.

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Click the Configuration tab.

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Click Networking.

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Click Virtual Switch.

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Click Add Networking.

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Select a connection type.

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Select an existing virtual switch or create one.

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Enter a display label for the port group on the switch.

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Select a VLAN ID.

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Review your settings and click Finish.

If you chose to use an existing vSwitch, a new port group is added to it. If you chose to create a vSwitch, it is added with a port group.