You can examine the structure and components of an NSX Virtual Distributed Switch (N-VDS) by viewing its topology diagram.

From the diagram you can view the settings of a selected port group and of a selected adapter.


The topology diagram of an N-VDS provides a visual representation of the adapters and port groups connected to the switch.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the host.
  2. On the Configure tab, expand Networking and select Virtual switches.
  3. Select the N-VDS from the list.


The diagram appears under the list of virtual switches on the host.

What to do next

You can use the topology diagram to examine whether a virtual machine or VMkernel adapter is connected to the external network and to identify the physical adapter that carries the data.