A vSphere standard switch serves as a container for port configurations that use a common set of network adapters, including sets that contain no network adapters at all. Each virtual switch provides a finite number of ports through which virtual machines and network services can reach one or more networks.


  1. Log in to the ESXi host using the vSphere Client and select the host in the inventory pane.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and click Networking.
  3. On the right side of the page, click Properties for the standard switch that you want to edit.
  4. Click the Ports tab.
  5. Select the standard switch item in the Configuration list, and click Edit.
  6. Click the General tab.
  7. Choose the number of ports that you want to use from the drop-down menu.
  8. Click OK.

What to do next

Changes will not take effect until the system is restarted.