vSphere Networking provides information about configuring networking for VMware vSphere®, including how to create vSphere distributed switches and vSphere standard switches.

vSphere Networking also provides information on monitoring networks, managing network resources, and networking best practices.

Intended Audience

The information presented is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with network configuration and virtual machine technology.

vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client

Instructions in this guide reflect the vSphere Client (an HTML5-based GUI). You can also use the instructions to perform the tasks by using the vSphere Web Client (a Flex-based GUI).

Tasks for which the workflow differs significantly between the vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client have duplicate procedures that provide steps according to the respective client interface. The procedures that relate to the vSphere Web Client, contain vSphere Web Client in the title.

Note: In vSphere 6.7 Update 1, almost all of the vSphere Web Client functionality is implemented in the vSphere Client. For an up-to-date list of any remaining unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client.