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 standard switches 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 vSphere Distributed Switches, uplink port 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.


Select Home > Inventory > Networking view, and select a datacenter.


Click New vNetwork Distributed Switch in the toolbar.


Select a version and click Next.


Enter a display name for the switch.


Specify the maximum number of physical adapters per host (uplink ports) and click Next.


Add hosts and their physical network adapters to the switch and click Next.


Choose whether you want vSphere to automatically create a port group and click Finish.

A vSphere Distributed Switch, with its associated uplink ports and port groups, is added to the inventory.

Add hosts to the switch.

Add port groups to the switch.

Edit switch properties.