With the release of vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 I have seen people become more confident with using the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), this is probably due to some of the great new features that make the switch not only easier to manage but also less error prone when configuring, more manageable from the backup/restore point of view and top this off with some great new features and I can see why people are moving to the VDS from other existing visualized switching configurations.
Some great examples of these additions can be found here:
- vSphere 5.1 – VDS Feature Enhancements – Port Mirroring
- vSphere 5.1 – Feature enhancements – Networking MIB support
- vSphere 5.1 – Network I/O Control (NIOC) Architecture – Old and New
- vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Rollback Recovery and Backup Restore
- vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
- vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – Network Health Check
- vSphere 5.1 – VDS New Features – BPDU Filter
- What’s New in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1
On the operational aspects of networking other network switches can have a CLI to manage them, people who are moving to the VDS often wonder what options are available to them and how they can give access to the networking team to manage their networking environment.