Introduction to Virtual Networking

Learn about Standard / Distributed vSwitches and ESXi Physical Networking | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

Scalable, redundant and highly available Virtual networking is critical to the management of your ESXi host and for Virtual Machine network access.

In this introductory course on ESXi virtual network, we take you through:

  • The basics of Virtual Networking
  • Standard and Distributed Virtual Switches (vSwitches)
  • The three different types of vSwitch uplinks (Isolated, Uplinked and Teamed Uplinked)
  • How physical network adapters (pNICs) are used by ESXi
  • The use of one or more physical network adapters to uplink your vSwitches to physical LAN segments
  • Briefly explain the five pNIC Teaming strategies available and their pros and cons
  • Virtual Switch Port Groups and VMkernel Ports
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) status and configuration
  • Best practices for virtual networking
This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of ESXi virtual and physical networking


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

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Many name is Larry Karnis - and I create courses that will help you start your career as a VMware vSphere 6.5 administrator, and help you build you knowledge and skill in vSphere 6.5 advanced features and capabilities. 

With Video-On-Demand training, I can provide more insight and detail, without the time constraints that a normal instructor led training class would impose. My goals are to:

  • Give you a better training experience than classroom training
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  • Give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace
  • Provide you to supporting books and hands-on lab rentals

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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 Virtual Networking
Introduction to ESXi Virtual Networking FREE TRIAL
Virtual Networking - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Chapter Outline FREE TRIAL
vNetwork Standard and Distributed Virtual Switches FREE TRIAL
Standard Virtual Switches FREE TRIAL
Distributed Virtual Switches FREE TRIAL
ESXi 6 Physical Networking
Virtual Networking with Virtual NICs (vNICs)
Virtual Networking - Virtual Switches
ESXi Virtual to Physical Networking
Isolated Virtual Networking
Outbound / Uplinked Networking
Teamed Outbound Networking
vSwitch Network Frame Forwarding
Multi-homed ESXi 6 Networking
vSwitch Virtual Connection Types
vSwitch Port Groups
Running the Add Network Wizard
ESXi 6 Networking View
Changing a vSwitches Default Properties
Creating / Updating a Physical Network Adapter Team
Reviewing vSwitch Properties
ESXi 6 Physical Network Adapter Roster / Properties
Virtual Switches - Rules of Thumb for Working with vSwitches FREE TRIAL
Virtual Networking Lab FREE TRIAL
Virtual Networking - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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