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Port channel configuration on the physical switch to accommodate LACP on a vSphere Distributed Switch (2063172)

To use the LACP support on vSphere Distributed Switch 5.5, you must create a link aggregation group (LAG) and connect hosts to the group. The hosts must be connected to LACP port channels on the physical switch. For vSphere Distributed Switch 5.1, you mu ...
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Migrating an ESXi Host running vCenter to a Distributed vSwitch - YouTube 7:32

This video walks through the four steps necessary to migrate a host running the vCenter virtual machine from a standard to distributed vSwitch.

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Automate the reverse, migrating from vSphere Distributed Switch to Virtual Standard Switch using PowerCLI 5.5

Last week I demonstrated how you can easily leverage the new PowerCLI 5.5 VDS cmdlets to migrate from a VSS (Virtual Standard Switch) to a VDS (vSphere Distributed Switch). During the development of the script, I needed a way to easily jump back and fourt ...
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Automate the migration from Virtual Standard Switch to vSphere Distributed Switch using PowerCLI 5.5 (virtuallyGhetto)

I have been spending quite a bit of time in the lab lately working with some of our "future" software and one of the fun tasks I get to do is perform frequent rebuilds of my lab environment. Depending on the issues I encounter, I may even need to rebuild ...
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8 weeks of #VCAP – Migrating to vSphere Distributed Switches (mwpreston dot net)

Alright there is a ton of information and blog posts that revolve around migrating to vSphere Distributed Switches and they are all great!  I hate to throw yet another one out there but as I've stated before things tend to sink in when I post them he ...
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vDS Rollback – Changing the Management VLAN

Introduced in vSphere 5.1, VMware’s vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) brings a feature called “Rollback”. In KB 2032908 VMware provides a good overview of the features, to please read this first before you continue.

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Overview of vNetwork Distributed Switch concepts (1010555)

There are two types of virtual switches in ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x, vNetwork Standard Switch and vNetwork Distributed Switch.Only vSphere Enterprise Plus supports the vNetwork Distributed Switch. For more information, see the vSphere purchase options.

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VMware Technical Communications Video Blog: Flow-Based Marking for QoS Traffic 2:56

Senior Staff Engineer Peter Shepherd explains flow-based marking in vSphere Distributed Switch and walks you through configuring Quality of Service (QoS) tagging in a simple Voice-over-IP (VoIP) environment by using the vSphere Web Client.

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Configure Uniform Host Networking on a vSphere Distributed Switch (VMware Technical Communications Video Blog)

Senior Staff Engineer Peter Shepherd explains how to use a host as a template to create uniform networking configuration for multiple hosts on a vSphere Distributed Switch 5.5 in a single workflow.

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Exporting/importing/restoring Distributed Switch configs using vSphere Web client (2034602)

This article provides information on exporting, importing, and restoring Distributed Switch configurations using the vSphere Web Client.

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vCenter & Distributed vSwitch on two ESXi hosts with a single NIC

I was doing some lab work the other day with two IBM Flex nodes that only had a single 10Gb NIC. The vCenter for the environment was located on the afformentioned ESXi hosts and my plan was to use the Distributed vSwitch, rather than the Simple vSwitch. ...
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Traffic Filtering and DSCP Marking in vDS 5.5 (Stretch Cloud)

Do you know when you use a vSphere distributed switch 5.5, you can protect the virtual network from unwanted traffic and security attacks or apply a QoS tag to a certain type of traffic by using the traffic filtering and marking policy. The traffic filte ...
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vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Add Hosts to DVS and Create VMkernel Ports

In my last post, I showed you how to create a Distributed Virtual Switch in the vSphere 5.5 Web Client, then add Distributed Virtual Port Groups to it. Now, we need to add our hosts to the DVS and configure our VMkernel ports.

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Configuring LACP Support in vSphere 5 5 (VMware Tech Pubs YouTube) 3:03

Principal Engineer Ravi Soundararajan walks you through the process of creating and configuring a Link Aggregation Group on vSphere Distributed Switch 5.5 to forward traffic through an LACP port channel on the physical switch.

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vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Create Distributed Virtual Switch and Port Groups

Since vSphere 5.1, all of the new features for each vSphere release have only been put into the Web Client, rather than integrating features into both the Web Client and the legacy C# client. As vSphere 5.5 will be the last version released with a full Wi ...
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Differences in LACP support in vSphere Distributed Switch 5.5 and 5.1 (2051316)

This article lists the differences in Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) support between vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5 Distributed Switches.

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Limitations of LACP in vSphere 5.5 (2051307)

This article describes the technical and support limitations of the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) feature in vSphere Distributed Switches in vSphere 5.5.

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Enhanced LACP Support on a vSphere 5.5 Distributed Switch (2051826)

Purpose This article provides information on the new Enhanced Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) Support in vSphere 5.5 Distributed Switches.

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VMworld 2013: Distributed Switch Deep Dive

Jason Nash is always a good speaker, and keeps the presentations interesting with live demos instead of death by PowerPoint. This was a repeat session from last year, with a few new vSphere 5.5 networking enhancements sprinkled in. vSphere 5.5 does not ha ...
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vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 9 – Networking and VDS Razzle Dazzle  by wahlnetwork

The final post in the vSphere 5.5 Improvement series will focus on the various ways VMware has poured awesomesauce on their networking stack beyond the NSX announcements. To begin, we’ll cover some of the more hypervisor-specific improvements to networkin ...
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