In previous post of vSphere Networking series, we discussed about vSwitch, its standard ports, and number of standard ports which vSphere Standard Switch can have. If you’ve missed previous post of this series, you can find here:
1. Introduction to vSphere Standard Switch (vSS)
In this post, we’ll see how a standard switch is created using vSphere Web Client.
To create a vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) is a pretty simple process. vSS combines virtual networks to physical ones using the ESXi host’s network cards, on which the vSS has been created as uplink ports to a physical switch.
By default, a standard switch is automatically created when you install ESXi in your virtual environment.
Let’s start the process step by step
Step 1: Login to vSphere Web Client using your credentials
Step 2: Select Hosts and Clusters from Home Screen
Step 3: Select ESXi host on which you want to create vSwitch. Click Manage>Networking>Virtual Switches. Click on Globe icon with green + sign.
Step 4: Add Networking Wizard will open, select Virtual Machine Port Group for a Standard Switch and click Next
Step 5: Select New Standard Switch and click Next.
At this point, virtual adapter is needed to connect outside world, and if virtual adapter is not provided at this point, you wouldn’t be able to connect outer network.
Step 6: Click on green + icon to add virtual network adapter and click Next.
List of already added adapters will be shown here.
Step 7: Select appropriate adapter from the list and click OK to add virtual adapter.
Step 8: Virtual adapter will be added in Active adapters list. Click Next.
Default Network label will be shown here; you can choose your own. VLAN ID is optional; if you have any VLAN ID as per your environment, you can provide here.
Step 9: Select Network label name and VLAN ID (optional) and click Next.
Step 10: verify your configurations and click Finish.
vSwitch is successfully added, as you can see in below screenshot.
As mentioned earlier that creating vSS is a pretty easy step by step process. In next posts, we’ll see some important configurations such as creating VM port group, adding uplink, configuring NIC teaming, and traffic shaping and security policies which are necessary for your virtual environment. For complete guidance regarding vSphere 6.0 installation, configuration and management, you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Administration course.
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