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vDS-Part2 : vSphere Standard Switch vs vSphere Distributed Switch

In our previous post we have posted on what is vSphere Distributed Switch & It’s benefits. Basically vDS provides the centralized management of all the networking configuration , monitoring & management. We just need to create vDS once then we can easily add the host into the vDS. vDS is not get created automatically , we need to create it. But in case of vSphere Standard Switch each host has its own standard switch. For configuration or any networking changes you have to go to each host & make the changes to the each vSS individually. vDS also offers major networking & security features which are not there in vSS.

In this post we will do the quick comparison of vSphere Standard Switch & vSphere Distributed Switch.

vSS : vSphere Standard Switch
vDS: vSphere Distributed Switch

Sr No Features vSS vDS
1 Layer 2 Forwarding Available Available
2 VLAN Segmentation Available Available
3 Private VLAN Not Available Available
4 Outbound Traffic Shaping Available Available
5 Inbound Traffic Shaping Not Available Available
6 802.1Q Tagging Available Available
7 NIC Teaming Available Available
8 Load Based Teaming Not Available Available
9 VM Network Port Blocking Not Available Available
10 Net Flow Not Available Available
11 Network vMotion Not Available Available
12 Per Port Policy Settings Not Available Available
13 Port Mirroring Not Available Available
14 Net Flow Not Available Available
15 vNetwork Switch API Not Available Available
16 Third Party Switch Support Not Available Available
17 Link Layer Discovery Protocol Not Available Available
18 User Based Network I/O Control Not Available Available
19 LACP Support Not Available Available
20 Backup & Restore Network Configuration Not Available Available


Management :-
In vSS you have to manage the each standard switch on the each host. Managing the multiple switches with same configurations can be difficult & also creates human error.
In vDS only one switch you have to manage from vCenter Server. Which is very easy to manage the single switch instead of managing multiple switches.

License Requirement :-
vSS is available in all the licenses of vSphere.vDS requires the Enterprise Plus license of vSphere.

Security :-
vSS offers the basic security features only.vDS offer all the basic plus advanced security features.

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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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