With Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), vSphere administrators can determine which physical switch port connects to a given vSphere distributed switch. When LLDP is enabled for a particular distributed switch, you can view properties of the physical switch (such as chassis ID, system name and description, and device capabilities) from the vSphere Web Client.

About this task

LLDP is available only on vSphere distributed switch version 5.0.0 and later.

Procedure

  1. Browse to a distributed switch in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
  2. Click the Manage tab, and select Settings > Properties.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Select Link Layer Discovery Protocol from the Type drop-down menu.
  6. Set Operation to Listen, Advertise, or Both.

    Operation

    Description

    Listen

    ESXi detects and displays information about the associated physical switch port, but information about the vSphere distributed switch is not available to the switch administrator.

    Advertise

    ESXi makes information about the vSphere distributed switch available to the switch administrator, but does not detect and display information about the physical switch.

    Both

    ESXi detects and displays information about the associated physical switch and makes information about the vSphere distributed switch available to the switch administrator.

  7. Click OK.