Working with Distributed Ports

A distributed port is a port on a vSphere distributed switch that connects to the VMkernel or to a virtual machine’s network adapter. Default distributed port configuration is determined by the distributed port group settings, but some settings for individual distributed ports can be overridden.

Monitor Distributed Port State
vSphere can monitor distributed ports and provide information on the current state of each port and the port’s runtime statistics.

Procedure

1 Log in to the vSphere Client and select the Networking inventory view.
2 Select the vSphere distributed switch in the inventory pane.
3 On the Ports tab, click Start Monitoring Port State on the top right hand side corner

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The table on the Ports tab for the distributed switch now displays runtime statistics for each distributed port, including broadcast, multicast, and unicast ingress and egress traffic and packets. Various columns as listed down below are available to select and view the respective information.

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Configure Distributed Port Settings

You can change general distributed port settings such as the port name and description.

Procedure

1 Log in to the vSphere Client and select the Networking inventory view.
2 Select the vSphere distributed switch in the inventory pane.
3 On the Ports tab, right-click the port to modify and select Edit Settings.

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4 Click General.
5 Modify the port name and description.

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6 Click OK.

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