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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Working with vSphere Distributed Switches

A vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) is similar to a standard switch, but vDS spans across multiple hosts instead of creating an individual switch on each host. The vDS is created at the vCenter level, and the configuration is stored in the vCenter database. A cached copy of the vDS configuration is also stored on each host in case of a vCenter outage.

Getting ready

Log in to the vCenter Server using the vSphere Web Client.

How to do it…

In this section, you will learn how to create a vDS, dvportgroup, and manage the ESXi host using the vDS.

First, we will create a vSphere Distributed Switch. The steps involved in creating a vDS are as follows:

  1. Select the datacenter on which the vDS has to be created.
  2. Navigate ...

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