vSphere standard switches handle network traffic at the host level in a vSphere deployment. vSphere Standard SwitchesYou can create abstracted network devices called vSphere standard switches. You use standard switches to provide network connectivity to hosts and virtual machines. A standard switch can bridge traffic internally between virtual machines in the same VLAN and link to external networks. Create a vSphere Standard SwitchCreate a vSphere Standard Switch to provide network connectivity for hosts, virtual machines, and to handle VMkernel traffic. Depending on the connection type that you want to create, you can create a new vSphere Standard Switch with a VMkernel adapter, only connect physical network adapters to the new switch, or create the switch with a virtual machine port group. Port Group Configuration for Virtual MachinesYou can add or modify a virtual machine port group to set up traffic management on a set of virtual machines. vSphere Standard Switch PropertiesvSphere Standard Switch settings control switch-wide defaults for ports, which can be overridden by port group settings for each standard switch. You can edit standard switch properties, such as the uplink configuration and the number of available ports.