By using the vSphere Web Client, you can edit the name and VLAN ID of a standard switch port group, and override networking policies at the port group level.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host.
  2. On the Configure tab, expand Networking and select Virtual switches.
  3. Select a standard switch from the list.
    The topology diagram of the switch appears.
  4. In the topology diagram of the switch, click the name of the port group.
  5. Under the topology diagram title, click the Edit settings icon .
  6. On the Properties page, rename the port group in the Network label text field.
  7. Configure VLAN tagging in the VLAN ID drop-down menu.
    VLAN Tagging Mode VLAN ID Description
    External Switch Tagging (EST) 0 The virtual switch does not pass traffic associated with a VLAN.
    Virtual Switch Tagging (VST) From 1 to 4094 The virtual switch tags traffic with the entered tag.
    Virtual Guest Tagging (VGT) 4095 Virtual machines handle VLANs. The virtual switch passes traffic from any VLAN.
  8. On the Security page, override the switch settings for protection against MAC address impersonation and for running virtual machines in promiscuous mode.
  9. On the Traffic shaping page, override at the port group level the size of average and peak bandwidth and of bursts.
  10. On the Teaming and failover page, override the teaming and failover settings inherited from the standard switch.
    You can configure traffic distribution and rerouting between the physical adapters associated with the port group. You can also change the order in which host physical adapters are used upon failure.
  11. Click OK.