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VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

By : Hersey Cartwright
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VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook

By: Hersey Cartwright

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Standard or distributed virtual switches

The connectivity of the virtual network to the physical network in a vSphere 5 environment is accomplished using one of two virtual switch technologies: the standard virtual switch (vSwitch) or the virtual distributed switch (vDSwitch). VMware technologies such as VMware HA, VMware DRS, and Fault Tolerance require that virtual switch configurations be consistent across all ESXi hosts in a cluster.

How to do it…

  1. Identify the features and capabilities of virtual standard switches and distributed virtual switches.

  2. Based on the design requirements, determine which virtual switch technology should be selected to support them.

How it works…

The virtual switch technology chosen is dependent on the connectivity, availability, and manageability requirements and the features available on the virtual switch.

A standard virtual switch (vSwitch) is configured and managed independently on each ESXi host and supports up to 1024 virtual switch ports per vSwitch. Because...