Use import to create a distributed port group from a configuration file.

If an existing port group has the same name as the imported port group, the new port group name has a number appended in parentheses. The settings from the imported configuration are applied to the new port group and the settings of the original port group remain unchanged.

This functionality is available only with the vSphere Web Client 5.1 or later. However, you can export settings from any version of distributed port if you use the vSphere Web Client 5.1 and later.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the distributed switch.
  2. Right-click the distributed switch and select Distributed Port Group > Import Distributed Port Group.
  3. Browse to the location of your saved configuration file and click Next.
  4. Review the import settings before completing the import.
  5. Click Finish.