In vSphere, you can create standard networks and distributed networks. Standard networks provide a method of communication among the virtual machines on a standalone host and consist of standard switches and port groups. Distributed networks aggregate the networking capabilities of multiple hosts and enable virtual machines to keep consistent network configuration as they migrate across hosts. Distributed networks consist of vSphere Distributed Switches, uplink port groups, and port groups.


  • Open a vSphere Client connection to a vCenter Server.
  • Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a standard switch.
  • Verify that a host exists in the inventory.


  1. Select a host from the inventory.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. In the Hardware section, click Networking.
  4. Click vSphere Standard Switch.
  5. Click Add Networking.
  6. Select a connection type and click Next.
  7. Select an existing virtual switch or create one and click Next.
  8. Enter a display label for the port group on the switch.
  9. Select a VLAN ID and click Next.
  10. Review your settings and click Finish.


If you chose to use an existing standard switch, a new port group is added to it. If you chose to create a standard switch, it is added with a port group.