Use the Network Configuration dashboard to view the overall configuration of vSphere distributed switches in your environment, especially for the areas that need your attention.

Design Considerations

See the Configuration Dashboards page for common design considerations among all the dashboards for configuration management.

How to Use the Dashboard

The dashboard is organized into two sections for ease of use.
  • The first section displays network configurations that need your attention.
    • There are five bar-charts that focus on critical security settings.
    • The last bar-chart displays the version of the vSphere Distribution Switch. Aim to keep the version current, or match your vSphere version.
  • The second section provides overall configuration information, with the ability to drill down to a specific switch.
    • Click the row to select a switch from the list.
    • The ESXi hosts, port groups, and the VMs on the switch are displayed.
    • Review each of the tables. For the ESXi host table, ensure that the settings are consistent.
    • Some of the columns are color-coded to facilitate quick reviews. Adjust their threshold to either reflect your current situation or your desired ideal state.
    • You can sort the columns and export the result into a spreadsheet for further analysis.

Points to Note

  • No data to display does not imply that there is something wrong with data collection by VMware Aria Operations. It might signify that none of the objects meet the filtering criteria of the widget, and as a result there is nothing to display.
  • For complete visibility, consider adding physical network device monitoring by using the appropriate management pack. For more information, see the following page.
  • To view the content of a slice in a pie-chart or a bucket in a bar-chart, click on it. The list cannot be exported. Clicking an object name, takes you to the object summary page. The page provides key configuration information, with other summary information.