Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)

Knowledge

  • Identify vSS capabilities
    • Routes traffic internally between virtual machines and links to external networks
    • Allows for multiple port groups configured with different policies
      • Allows for VLANs
      • Create network labels for virtual machine virtual adapters to attach to (is unique within the current datacentre)
    • Balance communication across multiple network adapters for load and/or resilience
    • Configurable to handle physical NIC failure by failing over to another physical NIC
    • Maximum of 256 port groups
    • Supports EtherChannel but not LACP
    • Source Port and Source MAC Load Balancing but not LB
  • vSS-dSS comparison
    3.1.comparison
  • Configuration Maximums
    3.1.maximums
  • Add/Configure/Remove vmnics on a vSS
    Use C# client, Web client, esxcli, PowerCLIAdd via Web Client:

    • Hosts and Cluster view
    • Select host
    • Manage > Networking > Virtual Switches
    • Click on “Manage the physical network adapters connected to the selected switch” 3.1.physical
    • Click the [+] and select the vmnic to add
  • Configure vmkernel ports for network services
    Easiest to select in GUI (Web client or C#)
    Tickboxes to enable services (vMotion/FT/Management/vSAN)
    3.1.services
  • Add/Edit/Remove port groups on a vSS
    Use C# client, Web client, esxcli, PowerCLIAdd via Web Client:

    • Hosts and Cluster view
    • Select host
    • Manage > Networking > Virtual Switches
    • Click on “Add host networking”3.1.portgroups
    • Select “Virtual Machine Port Group for a Standard Switch”, Next
    • Select “Select an existing standard switch”, Next
    • Input the Network Label (name of the Port Group) and VLAN ID
    • Next, and Finish
  • Determine use cases for a vSphere Standard Switch
    • No Ent+ license
    • Management cluster

Tools

  • vSphere Installation and Setup Guide
  • vSphere Networking Guide
  • vSphere Web Client
  • vSphere Client
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