Create a vNetwork Distributed Switch to handle networking traffic for associated hosts on the datacenter.

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Log in to the vSphere Client and display the datacenter in Networking view.

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From the Inventory menu, select Datacenter > vNetwork Distributed Switch.

The Create vNetwork Distributed Switch wizard appears.

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Enter a name for the vNetwork Distributed Switch in the Name field.

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Select the Number of dvUplink Ports, and click Next.

dvUplink ports connect the vNetwork Distributed Switch to physical NICs on associated ESXi hosts. The number of dvUplink ports is the maximum number of allowed physical connections to the vNetwork Distributed Switch per host.

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Click Next.

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Choose Add now or Add later.

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If you chose Add now, select the hosts and physical adapters to use by clicking the check box next to each host or adapter. You can add only physical adapters that are not already in use during vNetwork Distributed Switch creation.

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Click Next.

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Choose whether to Automatically create a default port group.

This option creates an early-binding port group with 128 ports. For systems with complex port group requirements, skip the default port group and create a new dvPort group after you have finished adding the vNetwork Distributed Switch.

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Review the vNetwork Distributed Switch diagram to ensure proper configuration, and click Finish.

If you chose to add hosts later, you must add hosts to the vNetwork Distributed Switch before adding network adapters.

Network adapters can be added from the host configuration page of the vSphere Client or by using Host Profiles.