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vDS-Part8 : How to configure NIC Teaming in vSphere Distributed Switch ?

NIC Teaming is a feature which provides the Network redundancy & load balance the traffic. NIC teaming requires at least 2 NIC’s to configure NIC Teaming. NIC Teaming groups the multiple NIC into one single logical NIC which will help when one NIC fails to load or network fails. In vSphere Distributed Switch you can configure the NIC Teaming on the Port Group level to provide the redundancy of the Uplinks.

NIC Teaming requires an multiple uplinks to be there so to check how to add uplinks to the vDS check the end of this post.

How to configure NIC Teaming  Step by Step :-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Go to your Distributed Switch.



Step 2:
Choose the Port Group on which you want to configure NIC Teaming.
Then choose Manage > Settings under Properties click Edit button.



Step 3:
Choose the option “Teaming & Failover”.
Here you can specify the Load balancing policy & set the Failover order for Uplinks.
Click OK to save & close.
To know more about the NIC Teaming policies check our post on What is NIC Teaming ?



By this way you can easily configure the NIC Teaming in the Distributed Switch port group. Which will help in balancing the load as well as in the time of Uplink failure.

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 ?

How to create Port Group in vSphere Distributed Switch ?

How to Migrate VM networking from Standard Switch to Distributed Switch ?


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