VCP6-DCV blueprint section 2:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Networking– Objective 2.1 – Part 1

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In this post we will cover the objective from the blue print regrading vDS , i will also use my Lab to demonstrate the objective.To cover all the objectives i will need to split this post in to two parts since its going to cover a lot of material.

Note : I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them.

The following are the blueprint objective:


  • Create/Delete a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Add/Remove ESXi Hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Add/Configure/Remove dvPort groups
  • Add/Remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups
  • Configure vSphere Distributed Switch general and dvPort group settings
  • Create/Configure/Remove virtual adapters
  • Migrate virtual machines to/from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Configure LACP on vDS given design parameters
  • Describe vDS Security Polices/Settings
  • Configure dvPort group blocking policies
  • Configure load balancing and failover policies
  • Configure VLAN/PVLAN settings for VMs given communication requirements
  • Configure traffic shaping policies
  • Enable TCP Segmentation Offload support for a virtual machine
  • Enable Jumbo Frames support on appropriate components
  • Recognize behavior of vDS Auto-Rollback
  • Configure vDS across multiple vCenter Servers to support [Long Distance vMotion]
  • Compare and contrast vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities

vSphere Distributed Switch Architecture

Source: VMware vSphere Networking document

We use vDS to create a centralize networking management , instead of creating multiple vSS we can create one vDS (or more) and assign it to all host in our environment. vDS also support networking feature that are not supported by vSS such as PVLAN’s  ,LACP , NetFlow and more…


Create/Delete a vSphere Distributed Switch

To create a new vDS click on the Networking icon >> right click on the data center >> distributed switch >> new distributed switch

Follow the wizard :

  1. Name the switch – i used VMs_DSwitch
  2. Choose the vDS version which also include I/O control version – i am using version 6.00.
  3. Choose the numbers of ports and if you want to enable network I/O control and also the port group name – i used the defaults with two interfaces

Below are screenshots for the above process








Add/Remove ESXi Hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch:

To add ESXi host to vDS:

  1. Right click on the vDS and click on Add and manage hosts
  2. Click on add hosts
  3. Click on add host button (+) to select hosts , for my configuration i choose all 3 hosts
  4. Click on Configure identical network setting on multiple host , this option will include a template setting to all hosts
  5. Select the template host
  6. Choose ONLY Manage physical adapter (we are not going to migrate VMkernel ports
  7. Choose the the vmnics and assign them to uplink for my lab i will use vmnic 7 and 6 – repeat the process for both vmnics
  8. Click apply to all (Hosts)
  9. Make sure there is no conflict with your other network settings
  10. Click finish and verify configuration


Below are screenshots for the above process

add_esxi1 add_esxi2 add_esxi3add_esxi4add_esxi5add_esxi6add_esxi7add_esxi8add_esxi9add_esxi10






  • Diego

    Many, many thanks for this beautiful guides for this exam, finally based on the NEW list of objective for the vcp6!!
    i really appreciate that, it will be very useful for me.
    Congrats for your skills, and thank you.

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