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Using VMware: Understanding the Virtual Switch

Using VMware: Understanding the Virtual Switch
Introduction In this article we will explore the VMware ‘Virtual Switch’. The Virtual Switch is nothing more than a logical switching fabric built into your VMware infrastructure (ESX) so that you can network your Virtual Machines (VMs) however you need them. In the following sections we will cover the basics of the Virtual Switch, terminology used, its use, configuration and management. To view the Virtual Switch, you will need to be using VMware, the VIC and have access to VirtualCenter. Understanding the Virtual Switch VMware infrastructure networking components are not easy to comprehend without a little background information and understanding of ‘networking’ in general. Figure 1: Viewing the Virtual Infrastructure The VMware Infrastructure complies with a modular design so that all resources can be shared and assigned as needed. Figure 2: Viewing the Configuration tab in VirtualCenter Figure 3: Viewing the Network Adapter Properties Configuring the Virtual Switch Summary

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VMware ESX network redundancy via Fibre Channel multipathing VMware ESX has built-in support for Fibre Channel multipathing, which enables network redundancy. There are several... By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. How to Configure Network Settings on a VMware ESX Host in VMM Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager You can use the following procedures to configure logical network settings on a VMware ESX host in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), and to view compliance information for physical network adapters on the host. To make logical networks available to virtual machines on an external virtual network, you must associate logical networks with physical network adapters on the ESX host.

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