You can enable NetFlow to monitor IP packets that are passing through the ports of a distributed port group or through individual distributed ports.

You configure the NetFlow settings on the vSphere Distributed Switch. See Configure the NetFlow Settings of a vSphere Distributed Switch


To override a policy on distributed port level, enable the port-level override option for this policy. See Configure Overriding Networking Policies on Port Level.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the distributed switch.
  2. Navigate to the monitoring policy for the distributed port group or distributed port.



    Distributed port group

    1. From the Actions menu, select Distributed Port Group > Manage Distributed Port Groups.

    2. Select Monitoring.

    3. Select the port group and click Next.

    Distributed port

    1. Select Related Object, and select Distributed Port Groups.

    2. Select a distributed port group.

    3. Under Manage select Ports.

    4. Select a port and click Edit distributed port settings.

    5. Select Monitoring.

    6. Select Override next to the drop-down menu.

  3. From NetFlow the drop-down menu, enable or disable NetFlow and click Next.
  4. Verify your settings and apply the configuration.