Teaming and failover policy lets you to determine how network traffic is distributed between physical adapters and how to reroute traffic in the event of adapter failure.

You can edit your load balancing and failover policy by configuring the following parameters:

  • Load Balancing determines how outgoing traffic is distributed among the network adapters associated with a switch or port group.


    Incoming traffic is controlled by the load balancing policy on the physical switch.

  • Failover Detection controls the link status and beacon probing. Beaconing is not supported with guest VLAN tagging.

  • Failover Order can be active or standby.

You might lose connectivity when a failover event occurs. This loss causes the MAC addresses used by virtual machines that are associated with standard or distributed switch to appear on a different physical switch port than the one they had been on previously. To avoid this problem, put your physical switch in Port Fast or Port Fast trunk mode.