Create and configure the vSphere Distributed Switch to manage the infrastructure and VM traffic on the management cluster.


  1. Create a vSphere distributed switch named TCP_MGMT_VDS.

    Ensure that the Jumbo frame value is set to 9000.

  2. Add two uplink ports to the distributed switch.
  3. For VMkernel networking, create the following port groups on TCP_MGMT_VDS and set the traffic types.

    Port Group


    ESXi Management


    vMotion Network


    vSAN Network


  4. For VM networking, create the following port groups on TCP_MGMT_VDS.

    Port Group


    Management Network


    vCenter HA Network


  5. Add hosts ESXi_MGMT_01 through ESXi_MGMT_04 to TCP_MGMT_VDS.
  6. Migrate each ESXi host management VMkernel (vmk0) from vStandard Switch to TCP_MGMT_VDS and ensure that you choose ESXi Management port group on TCP_MGMT_VDS Switch.
  7. Connect two physical Ethernet ports from each ESXi host to the uplink ports on TCP_MGMT_VDS.

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

  8. Create VMkernel ports for vMotion and vSAN traffic on each ESXi host and use TCP_MGMT_VDS port groups created for vMotion and vSAN traffic.
  9. Connect the VM of the vCenter Server system TCP_MGMT_VC to the Management Network port group.
  10. Verify that you can log in to TCP_MGMT_VC and the connectivity status of all ESXi hosts in the management cluster.

What to do next

After configuring the vSphere distributed switch, verify the following.

  1. Distribute switch is visible in each ESXi host in the management cluster.

  2. All Ethernet ports of the ESXi host are connected to uplink ports on the distributed switch.

  3. ESXi hosts are in the Connected state.

  4. VMkernel adapters are created for each ESXi host, and the traffic services are enabled.

  5. vCenter Server is accessible after the network migration from vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) to vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS).