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How to configure Traffic shaping on vSwitch ?

Bandwidth management is always the important task for network management. VMware vSphere vSwitch provides the best feature Traffic Shaping to limit traffic on vSwitch level & you can also limit traffic on VM port group level.

When you setup vSwitch it will allow the full amount of bandwidth by default. So to overcome the full bandwidth usage problem VMware provides the best feature to limit the traffic by Traffic shaping feature. Traffic shaping provides 3 different modes Average Bandwidth, Peak Bandwidth & Burst Size. Where as Average Bandwidth & Peak Bandwidth values are specified in kilobits per second & Burst size value can be configured in kilobytes.

So let’s see how you can set Traffic Shaping on vSwitch first & than how you can set Traffic Shaping on VM port group.

Configure Traffic Shaping on vSwitch:-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.

Step 2:
Choose the Hosts & Clusters from the Home Screen.
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Step 3:
Choose the vSwitch on which you want to configure Traffic Shaping.
Choose Following as shown:-
ESXi Host > Manage > Networking > Virtual Switches.
Here you will find your vSwitch.
Click on the icon shown with Number 5 to configure Traffic Shaping.

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Step 4:
vSwitch Edit Settings Wizard will open.
Choose the third option Traffic Shaping.
First check the Status as it is Disabled by default so click on the arrow on the box for drop down & choose Enabled to Enable the Traffic Shaping on vSwitch.
Than you can assign values of Average Bandwidth, Peak Bandwidth & Burst Size according to your requirement.
Click OK to save & close.

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That’s it you have successfully configured Traffic Shaping on vSwitch now let’s see how you can configure Traffic Shaping on VM port group level.

Configure Traffic Shaping on VM Port Group’s:-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.

Step 2:
Choose the Hosts & Clusters from the Home Screen.
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Step 3:
First choose the vSwitch on which you want to configure Traffic Shaping on VM port group
Now choose the VM port group on which you want to configure Traffic Shaping.
Choose the Edit Icon just above it.

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Step 4:
Choose the third option Traffic Shaping.
Now here you are configuring the Traffic Shaping for VM port group on vSwitch so you have to Override the the setting.
Choose the Override box.
First check the Status as it is Disabled by default so click on the arrow on the box for drop down & choose Enabled to Enable the Traffic Shaping.
Than you can assign values of Average Bandwidth, Peak Bandwidth & Burst Size according to your requirement.
Click OK to save & close.

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That’s it you have successfully configured Traffic Shaping on vSwitch & VM Port Group.

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About Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 2 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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