Create a vSphere distributed switch on a vCenter Server datacenter to handle networking traffic for all associated hosts on the datacenter.

If your system has complex port group requirements, create a distributed port group rather than a default port group.

1

Browse to a datacenter in the vSphere Web Client.

2

Right-click the datacenter in the navigator and select New Distributed Switch.

3

In Name and Location, type a name for the new distributed switch, or accept the generated name, and click Next.

4

In Select version, select a distributed switch version and click Next.

Option

Description

vSphere Distributed Switch: 5.1.0

Compatible with VMWare ESXi 5.1 or later.

vSphere Distributed Switch: 5.0.0

Compatible with VMWare ESXi 5.0 or later.

Features released with later vSphere distributed switch versions are not supported.

vSphere Distributed Switch: 4.1.0

Compatible with ESX/ESXi version 4.1 and later.

Features released with later vSphere distributed switch versions are not supported.

vSphere Distributed Switch: 4.0.0

Compatible with ESX/ESXi version 4.0 and later.

Features released with later vSphere distributed switch versions are not supported.

5

In Edit Settings:

a

Use the arrow buttons to select the Number of uplinks.

Uplink ports connect the distributed switch to physical NICs on associated hosts. The number of uplink ports is the maximum number of allowed physical connections to the distributed switch per host.

b

Use the drop-down menu to enable or disable Network I/O control.

c

Select the Create a default port group check box to create a new distributed port group with default settings for this switch.

d

(Optional) If you opted to create a default port group, use the Port group name field to name the port group, or accept the generated name.

e

Click Next.

6

In Ready to complete, review the settings you selected and click Finish.

Use the Back button to edit any settings.

A distributed switch is created. You can view the features supported on the distributed switch as well as other details by navigating to the new distributed switch and clicking the Summary tab.

Add hosts to the distributed switch before adding network adapters. You can add network adapters from the Host configuration page of the vSphere Web Client, using Manage Hosts, or by using Host Profiles.