vSphere 6.0: How to Add ESXi Hosts to vDS (Part-6)

In pervious post of this series, we learned pretty simple process about creating a vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS), multicast filtering mode and its types. In this post, we’ll learn how to add ESXi hosts in vSphere Distributed Switch and to migrate VMkernel networking to the vDS. If you missed previous posts of this series, you can follow:

  1. Introduction to vSphere Standard Switch (vSS)
  2. How to Create Standard Switch (vSS)
  3. Configuring vSphere Standard Switch Policies
  4. Introduction to vSphere Distributed Switch
  5. Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch and Portgroup

Once the vDS is created, next step is to add ESXi hosts to the distributed switch to associate the hosts with the switch. All these steps are pretty easy.

Follow step by step process here:

Step 1: Login to vSphere Web Client using your credentials and go to Networking. Right click on vDS which you have created, and click Add and Manage Hosts.

Step 2: Select the Add Hosts and click Next to proceed.

Step 3: Click green + New hosts to add host(s) and click Next.

Step 4: Installed hosts will be shown here, choose the host which you want to add to the vDS and click OK.

Note: Multiple hosts can be added at the same time.

Step 5:  Added host(s) will be shown here with the connected status, click Next to proceed.

Step 6: At this step, Manage physical adapter and Manage VMkernel adapters will be selected by default. You can select any of the network adapter tasks to perform as part of this task. I have selected Migrate virtual machine networking along with above two. Click on Next.

Step 7: At this step, you’ll see physical network adapters used by the current switch. Choose network adapter from the list to add/migrate to the vDS by clicking Assign uplink.

Step 8: Once uplink is assigned, you will be able to see the network adapter with the status of Assigned. Click on Next.

Step 9: You can assign VMkernel adapter to a dvport group. If you don’t wanna assign here, leave it default and click Next to proceed.

Step 10: Review the impact of this configuration change and click on Next.

Step 11: If you have installed any VM on this ESXi host, you can migrate it the vDS. I’ve installed Win 7 64bit and it will be migrated to vDS by Clicking Next.

Step 12: Review the settings selected and click on Finish to add the ESXi host to the distributed switch.

Step 13: Once the task is successfully completed, you will be able to see the host(s) associated with your dvswitch under hosts option.

For complete guidance regarding vSphere 6.0 installation, configuration and management, you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Administration course.

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