Create two dedicated vSphere Distributed Switches for infrastructure and tenant networks on the Edge Pod.

For more information, see Create a vSphere Distributed Switch.


  1. Create a distributed switch named TCI_EDGE_INFRA_VDS to use as the infrastructure vSphere Distributed Switch.
  2. Add two uplinks to the distributed switch TCI_EDGE_INFRA_VDS.
  3. Add hosts ESXi_EDGE_01 through ESXi_EDGE_04 to TCI_EDGE_INFRA_VDS by connecting two physical NICs from each host to the switch.
  4. Configure VMkernel networking.
    1. Create the following port groups on the distributed switch TCI_EDGE_INFRA_VDS:

      Port Group

      VLAN ID

      ESXi Management


      vMotion Network


      vSAN Network


    2. Migrate the management VMkernel adapter of each host to the ESXi Management port group.
    3. Create VMkernel adapters on each host for the remaining infrastructure traffic types.
      • Set the traffic type of each adapter to an infrastructure traffic type, for example, vMotion traffic, vSAN traffic.

      • Associate each adapter to the dedicated port group. For example, associate the vMotion adapter to the vMotion port group.

  5. Create a distributed switch named TCI_EDGE_TENANT_VDS to use as the tenant vSphere Distributed Switch.
  6. Add two uplinks to TCI_EDGE_TENANT_VDS.
  7. Add ESXi_EDGE_01 through ESXi_EDGE_04 to TCI_EDGE_TENANT_VDS.
  8. Connect the remaining two physical Ethernet ports from each ESXi host to the uplinks on TCI_EDGE_TENANT_VDS.

    Each Ethernet port must be from a different controller on the ESXi hosts.

  9. For VM networking, create the following port groups on TCI_EDGE_TENANT_VDS.

    Port Group


    Management Network


    Overlay Network

    Trunk (0-4094)

    External Network

    Trunk (0-4094)

What to do next


After configuring the distributed switches in the edge cluster, verify the following:

  • Two distributed switches are visible in each ESXi host in the Edge cluster.

  • All four Ethernet ports of the ESXi host are connected to uplink ports on the distributed switches.