You can upgrade vSphere distributed switch version 4.0, 4.1, or 5.0 to a later version. The upgrade enables the distributed switch to take advantage of features that are available ony in the later version.

The upgrade of a distributed switch is a non-disruptive operation, that is, the hosts and virtual machines attached to the switch do not experience any downtime.


Browse to a distributed switch in the vSphere Web Client navigator.


Right-click the distributed switch in the navigator and select Upgrade Distributed Switch.


Select the vSphere distributed switch version to upgrade to and click Next.



Version 5.1.0

Compatible with ESXi version 5.1 and later.

Version 5.0.0

Compatible with ESXi version 5.0 and later.

Version 4.1.0

Compatible with ESX/ESXi version 4.1 and later. Features released with later vSphere distributed switch versions are not supported.


Check host compatibility and click Next.

Some ESX hosts of the distributed switch might be incompatible with the selected upgrade version. Upgrade or remove incompatible hosts, or select another distributed switch upgrade version.


Review your settings and click Finish.

Click Back to edit selections.

After you upgrade, you can not revert the vSphere distributed switch to a previous version. You cannot add older ESX member hosts that are not compatible with the new vSphere distributed switch.