vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking

This is the third course in our eight course vSphere 6.5 Foundations series. This course will teach you the foundations of vSphere networking as well as how to configure vSphere standard switches (vSS) and vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS).
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 46m
Table of contents
Introduction
Configure vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)
Configure vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)
Configure vSS and vDS Features Based on Given Requirements
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 46m
Description

The vSphere virtual network is the virtual version of the traditional physical network. This course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Configure vSphere Networking, you'll first explore how the vSphere virtual network is the virtual network that connects all virtual machines together. Next, you'll discover how the vSphere virtual network connects those virtual machines to the physical network. Finally, you'll learn how VMware administrators need to know how to add, remove, and configure vSphere virtual switches, port groups, virtual ports, uplinks, policies, and capabilities in order to be able to successfully administer any VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure. By the end of the course you'll know everything you need to know for configuring vSphere networking for the vSphere Foundations exam

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Configure vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)
Every VMware admin should have a basic knowledge of vSphere standard switches, or the vSS. It's the vSphere standard switches that connect together the virtual machines on each of the ESXi servers. In this module, you'll learn what vSphere standard switches are and how to configure them. Let's find out exactly what we'll be covering. We'll start this module off by explaining vSphere standard switches, or vSS, capabilities. What are vSphere standard switches, and how do they help you? From there, I'll walk you through the process of creating and deleting a vSphere standard switch in the vSphere Web Client. I'll show you how to add, configure and remove virtual machine NICs on a vSphere standard switch. After that, I'll walk you through configuring VMkernel ports for network services. We'll add, edit and remove port groups on a vSphere standard switch. And then finally, we'll cover some use cases for vSphere standard switches. How are vSphere standard switches used in the real world? We've got a lot to cover. So with that, let's get started.

Configure vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)
VMWare vSphere Distributed Switches are the ultimate in network management efficiency for your virtual infrastructure. And that's exactly what we'll be covering in this module, Configuring vSphere Distributed Switches also known as vDS. We have many lessons lined up in this module. We'll start off by explaining what a vSphere Distributed Switch or a vDS, what it's capabilities are, and how they can help you. From there, we'll jump into the vSphere web client and I'll show you exactly how to create and delete a vSphere Distributed Switch. We'll add and remove ESXi Hosts from that vSphere Distributed Switch, we'll add, configure, and remove Port Groups, also known as Distributed Virtual Port Groups when they're part of a vSphere Distributed Switch. I'll show you how to add and remove Uplink Adapters to dvUplink Groups. From there we'll configure vSphere Distributed Switch and dvPort Group Settings. From there we'll migrate Virtual Adapters to and from a standard switch as well as virtual machines, to and from a distributed switch. We'll configure LACP or the link aggregation control protocol on uplink port groups, and then finally, we'll cover use cases for vSphere distributed switches. So this module is really everything you need to know about vSphere distributed switch fundamentals and then some. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.

Configure vSS and vDS Features Based on Given Requirements
Now that you've learned how to configure vSphere standard and distributed switches, we need to talk about some real world business requirements and the policies and configurations that you might put in place. In this module we'll start off by covering common vSphere standard switch and distributed switch policies. From there we'll jump into the vSphere web client and we'll describe some vSphere distributed switch security policies and settings that you need to be aware of. After that we'll configure dvPort group blocking policies, load balancing and failover policies, VLAN and PVLAN settings, traffic shaping policies. We'll enable TCP segmentation offload for virtual machines. We'll discuss jumbo frame support and we'll wrap it up by talking about specific scenarios related to determining the appropriate VLAN configurations for VMware vSphere. We've got a lot to cover so with that let's get started.