You can upgrade vSphere Distributed Switch version 7.0 to a later version. The upgrade of a distributed switch causes the hosts and virtual machines attached to the switch to experience a brief downtime.


  • Upgrade vCenter Server to version 8.0.
  • Upgrade all hosts connected to the distributed switch to ESXi 8.0.


  1. From the vSphere Client home menu, select Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Select Networking and navigate to the distributed switch.
    For example, DSwitch.
    The vSphere Client UI lists the versions that are available to upgrade to.
  3. From the Actions menu, select Upgrade > Upgrade Distributed Switch.
  4. Select the vSphere Distributed Switch version that you want to upgrade the switch to and click Next.
  5. Review host compatibility and click Next.
  6. Complete the upgrade configuration and click Finish.