You can export vSphere distributed port group configurations to a file. The configuration preserves valid network configurations, enabling distribution of these configurations to other deployments.

This functionality is available only with the vSphere Web Client 5.1 or later. However, you can export settings from any version of a distributed port if you use the vSphere Web Client 5.1 or later.


Locate a distributed port group in the vSphere Web Client.


To locate a distributed port group, select a distributed switch and click the Related Objects tab.


Click Distributed Port Groups and select a distributed port group from the list.


Right-click the distributed port group in the navigator and select All vCenter Actions > Export Configuration.


(Optional) Type notes about this configuration in the Descriptions field.


Click OK.

Click Yes to save the configuration file to your local system.

You now have a configuration file that contains all the settings for the selected distributed port group. You can use this file to create multiple copies of this configuration on an existing deployment, or overwrite settings of existing distributed port groups to conform to the selected settings.

You can use the exported configuration file to do the following tasks:

To create a copy of the exported distributed port group, see Import a vSphere Distributed Port Group Configuration.

To overwrite settings on an existing distributed port group, see Restore a vSphere Distributed Port Group Configuration with the vSphere Web Client.