You can configure 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. On the vSphere Client Home page, click Networking and navigate to the distributed switch.
  2. Navigate to the monitoring policy for the distributed port group or distributed port.
    Option Action
    Distributed port group
    1. From the Actions menu, select Distributed Port Group > Manage Distributed Port Groups.
    2. Select Monitoring and click Next.
    3. Select the port group and click Next.
    Distributed port
    1. On the Networks tab, click Distributed Port Groups and double-click a distributed port group.
    2. On the Ports tab, select a port and click the Edit distributed port settings icon.
    3. Select Monitoring.
    4. Select Override next to the properties to override.
  3. From the NetFlow drop-down menu, select Enabled or Disabled, and click Next.
  4. Verify your settings and apply the configuration.