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vDS-Part4 : Adding hosts to vDS

After creating the vSphere Distributed Switch. Now It’s time to add the hosts to the newly created vDS & migrate the host networking from vSphere Standard Switch to the vSphere Distributed Switch. In previous posts we have posted on What is vDS & How to create new vDS. So By going further in this vDS Series Let’s see How to add Hosts to the vDS & How to migrate the VMkernel networking to the vDS.

Adding Hosts to vDS :

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Go to Networking.
Right click on distributed switch choose ” Add and Manage Hosts “.



Step 2:
Choose the first option here “Add hosts”.
Click Next to proceed.



Step 3:
Click on Green Plus Icon with New host to add the hosts.


New Window will open which shows the Hosts list.
Choose the host which you want to add to the vDS & click OK to add.


Now you can see that your host is listed. You can also add more hosts here in the same way.
Click Next to proceed.



Step 4:
At this step we will be adding & migrating the Physical network adapters & VMkernel Adapters of the Hosts.
Choose the First option for adding new physical adapters which will be used as uplinks.
Choose the Second option for adding & migrating the VMkernel adapters of the existing hosts.
Click Next to proceed.



Step 5:
Here you can see your hosts & physical network adapters used by the current vSwitch.
Choose the Adapter which you want to add or migrate to the new vDS.
Click on Assign uplink button.


Choose the Uplink on which you want to Assign the physical network adapter.
Click OK to save.


You can see the Assigned Uplinks to the Uplink port group on vDS Port Group.
You can add the additional physical network adapter by the same way.
Click Next to proceed.



Step 6:
Now we will migrate the VMkernel network adapters to the new vDS.
Choose the VMkernel Adapter which you want to migrate from vSwitch to vDS.
Click on Assign port group button.


Here choose the Destination port group for your VMkernel Adapter.
If you have multiple port groups that will be listed here.
Choose the Port group which you want to use for VMkernel Adapters.
Click OK to save.


You can see that Source port group & Destination port group is listed here. Verify that you have successfully choosed the Destination Port group.
Click on Next to proceed.



Step 7:
Here you can see the impact of the Network configuration change. Make sure that there is No impact on the status.
Click Next to proceed.



Step 8:
Check & Review all the configurations you have done.
Click Finish to save & migrate the networking from vSwitch to vDS.
Before click on Finish check & review all the configuration carefully because if something goes wrong your host might loose connectivity.


You can check the vDS by going on to the Host Networking.
Your vDS configuration should be listed there.



Note: Before Adding hosts & Migrating Network configurations from vSS to vDS prepare the proper plan , test it & then go for migration as if anything goes wrong you might loose the network connectivity to the host & virtual machines which is live running.

Checkout our posts on Distributed Switch Series :-

Introduction to Distributed Switch & It’s Benefits ?

Comparison vSphere Standard Switch vs vSphere Distributed Switch.

How to create vSphere Distributed Switch ?

How to Add hosts to vSphere Distributed Switch ?


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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 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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