Chapter 5Creating and Configuring a vSphere Network

Eventually, it all comes back to the network. Having servers running VMware ESXi with virtual machines stored on a highly redundant storage is great, but they're ultimately useless if the virtual machines can't communicate across the network. What good is the ability to run 10, 20, 30, or more production servers on a single ESXi host if those production servers aren't available to clients on the network? Clearly, vSphere networking within ESXi is a key area for every vSphere administrator to understand fully.

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