Introduction to Distributed Virtual Switches

Learn how to create, configure and administer dvSwitches and how to migrate networking to dvSwitches | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

Distributed Virtual Switches (dvSwitches) are software, layer 2 virtual switches that span multiple ESXi hosts. dvSwitches are created, administered and monitored by vCenter. As centrally managed switch, dvSwitches are easier to create, administer and, most importantly, configure meet compatibility requirements (for vMotion, etc.) than Standard vSwitches - because all member ESXi hosts see exactly the same configuration. dvSwitches support many advanced features that Standard vSwitches do not including Health Checks, Configuration Backup & Recovery, Port Shadowing and much more.

In this class you will learn:

  • What a dvSwitch is and how it works
  • How to create a dvSwitch and how to set base properties for the dvSwitch
  • How to create Port Groups for Virtual Machine networking and also for VMkernel networking
  • What the DVUplink Port Group is and its special role in a dvSwitch
  • How to assign Physical NICs to a dvSwitch to act as uplinking adapters to a common layer 2 network
  • How to bulk migrate Virtual Machines off of Standard vSwitch port groups and on to dvSwitch port groups
  • How to migrate VMkernel ports from Standard vSwitches on to dvSwitch port groups
  • How to add new ESXi hosts to a dvSwitch
  • What Private vLANs are, how they work and their use cases

By the end of the chapter you will have learned everything you need to create, configure and administer dvSwitches. You will be able to migrate Standard vSwitch networking over to your dvSwitches so that you can consolidate all of your networking configuration and all of your physical NICs onto your new dvSwitches.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

Introduction to Distributed Virtual Switches
Introduction to Distributed Virtual Switches FREE PREVIEW
Advanced Virtual Networking with Distributed Virtual Switches FREE PREVIEW
Distributed Virtual Switches FREE PREVIEW
Distributed Virtual Switches - Overview FREE PREVIEW
Distributed Virtual Switches - Port Groups and Uplink Groups FREE PREVIEW
Launch the New Distributed Virtual Switche Wizard
Creating A Distributed Virtual Switches - Steps 1 & 2
New Distributed Virtual Switch - Step 3
Review The Newly Created Distributed Virtual Switch
Adding An ESXi Host To A Distributed Virtual Switch
Add Hosts - Steps 1 & 2
Distributed Virtual Switch Physical NIC Migration Tasks
Selecting Physical NICs For A Distributed Virtual Switch
dvUplink Ports And Physical NICs On A Distributed Virtual Switch
Physical Network Adapter Details In vSphere Client
Review / Change Distributed Virtual Switch Properties In vSphere Client
Adding a Distributed Virtual Switch VMkernel Port
VMkernel Port IPv4 Properties
Migrating Virtual Machine Networking to Distributed Virtual Switches
Migrating Accessible Virtual Machine vNIC(s) to Distributed Virtual Switches
Migrating VMkernel Ports to Distributed Virtual Switches
Updating VMkernel Port Configuration
Migrating Physical NICs To A Distributed Virtual Switch
Adding ESXi Hosts To A Distributed Virtual Switch
Private vLANs
Private vLANs - Port Types
Distributed Virtual Switches Lab FREE PREVIEW
Distributed Virtual Switches - Review And Questions FREE PREVIEW
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