5.2. Working with vNetwork Standard Switches

The networking architecture of ESX/ESXi revolves around the creation and configuration of virtual switches (vSwitches). These virtual switches are either vNetwork Standard Switches or vNetwork Distributed Switches. In this section, I'll discuss vNetwork Standard Switches, hereafter called vSwitches; I'll discuss vNetwork Distributed Switches in the next section.

You create and manage vSwitches through the vSphere Client or through the VMware ESX Service Console (hereafter called the Service Console, because you know by now that ESXi does not have a Service Console) using the esxcfg-vswitch command, but they operate within the VMkernel. Virtual switches provide the connectivity to provide communication: ...

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