VMware vSphere 6.5: Migrate Standard Switch to Distributed Switch


At first, we need to create the Distributed Switch.

1. Create new Distributed Switch.

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2. Choose the distributed Switch name.

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3. Select the Distributed Switch version, this case 6.5.0.

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4. Specify the general settings.

Number of uplinks: It depends on your physical nic quantity.

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5. Verify the summary and click finish.

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Second, we need to prepare the portgroup for the migration.

1. Select the portgroup and click Edit Settings.

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2. Make sure that you have the same security configuration from standard portgroup.

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3. We need to validate that the Distributed Portgroup VLAN corresponds to the standard portgroup VLAN we are going to migrate.

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4. Configure both Uplinks as active uplinks.

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Third, you are ready to migrate Standard Swith to Distributed Switch.

1. Select the Distributed Switch and click Add and manage Hosts.

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2. Click add hosts.

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3. Click on New hosts and select the hosts you want to migrate.

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4. Here you have to select the physical adapters and VMkernels you are going to migrate. (This vSphere version you can migrate both at the same time)

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5.  Assign a vmnic from Standard Switch to an Uplink.

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6. Assign a vmkernel from Standard Switch to a Distributed Portgroup.

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7. Validate the impact.

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8. Validate the summary and click finish.

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9. Finally you can validate the Distributed Switch.

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Hoping you have enjoyed this post, see you next time.

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