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vSphere High Performance Essentials by Christian Stankowic

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Configuring vNetwork switches

When implementing virtualized networks, customers can choose between vNetwork Standard Switch (vSwitch or vSS) and vNetwork Distributed Switch (dvSwitch or vDS) configurations. The dvSwitches offer more advanced functionalities, especially, addressing big setups with special requirements such as network partitioning. Unlike dvSwitches, vSwitches can be used with every vSphere edition; dvSwitches are available for Enterprise Plus and VSAN customers only. Refer to the following table for an overview about both flavors:

Feature

vSwitch

dvSwitch

Management

Host level

vCenter Server level

License

All editions

Enterprise Plus

CDP/LLDP

Yes (read only)

Yes (read and write)

VLAN tagging

Yes

Yes

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