This is the third course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. In this course, you'll learn the foundations of vSphere networking as well as how to configure vSphere standard switches (vSS) and vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS). Additionally, you'll learn how to move virtual machines between virtual switches and configure virtual switch polices, uplinks, and virtual port groups.
This is the third course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. The vSphere virtual network is the virtual version of the traditional physical network. It's the virtual network that connects all virtual machines together, as well as what connects those virtual machines to the physical network. VMware administrators need to know how to add, remove, and configure vSphere virtual switches, port groups, virtual ports, uplinks, policies, and capabilities in order to be able to successfully administer any VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure.
Configure vSphere Standard Switches (vSS) Every VMware admin should have a basic knowledge of vSphere Standard Switches or the vSS. It's the vSphere Standard Switches that connect together the virtual machines on each of the ESXi servers. In this module you'll learn what vSphere Standard Switches are and how to configure them. Let's find out exactly what we'll be covering. We'll start off by identifying the vSphere Standard Switches capabilities. From there I'll walk you through how to create and delete a vSphere Standard Switch. I'll show you how to add, configure, and remove virtual machine NICs on a vSphere Standard Switches, how to configure the VMkernal ports for network services, how to add, edit, and remove port groups on a standard switch, and then finally we'll wrap this module up with use cases for vSphere Standard Switches. Specifically we'll talk about common scenarios that vSphere administrators face related to vSphere networking and how vSphere Standard Switches can help. As you can see, we've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.
Configure vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS) VMware vSphere Distributed Switches are the ultimate in network management efficiency for your virtual infrastructure and that's exactly what we'll be covering in this module, configuring vSphere Distributed Switches, also known as vDS. We have quite a few clips lined up in this module. We'll start off by identifying the vSphere Distributed Switch capabilities. What can a vDS do for you? From there we'll jump into the vSphere Web Client and I'll show you exactly how to create and delete a vSphere Distributed Switch. We'll add and remove ESXi hosts from that vSphere Distributed Switch. We'll add, configure, and remove port groups, also known as distributed virtual port groups, when they're part of a vSphere Distributed Switch. I'll show you how to add and remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups. From there we'll configure vSphere Distributed Switch and dvPort group settings. From there we'll migrate virtual adapters to and from a standard switch as well as virtual machines to and from a distributed switch. We'll configure LACP, or the Link Aggregation Control Protocol, on uplink port groups, and then finally we'll cover use cases for vSphere Distributed Switches. So this module is really everything you need to know about vSphere Distributed Switch fundamentals and then some. We've got a lot to cover. So with that, let's get started.
Configure vSS and vDS Features Based on Given Requirements Now that you've learned how to configure vSphere Standard and Distributed Switches, we need to talk about some real world business requirements and the policies and configurations that you might put in place. In this module we'll start off by covering common vSphere Standard Switch and Distributed Switch policies. From there, we'll jump into the vSphere Web Client and we'll describe some vSphere Distributed Switch security policies and settings that you need to be aware of. After that we'll configure dvPort Group Blocking Policies, Load Balancing and Failover Policies, VLAN and PVLAN Settings, Traffic Shaping Policies, we'll enable TCP Segmentation Offload for Virtual Machines. We'll discuss Jumbo Frame Support and we'll wrap it up by determining VLAN Configuration for a vSphere Implementation. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.