Virtual Switch (vSwitch) vs Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)

Virtual Switch (vSwitch) vs Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)


You can find more information about Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS) in official documentation:

And also on: - Configuring vNetwork Distributed Switch using vCenter

Note that the Enterprise Plus Edition (and also vCenter Server) is required to use DVS.

VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and vSphere:



Take a look at this table for the additional features and comparison between standard vSwitch and vDS:

VMware ESX 3.5 vSwitch

VMware vSphere vSwitch

VMware vSphere DVS

Cisco Nexus 1000V

Switching Features

L2 Forwarding

VLAN Segmentation

IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Trunking

Network VMotion (Port state follows VM)

VM Tx Rate Limiting

VM Rx Rate Limiting

NIC Teaming/Port Channels

LACP Etherchannel

Multicast Support

Security Features

Private VLAN

Access Control List

Cisco Port Security

VMware Port Security

VMSafe Compatibility

Management Features

Associate VMs to Network

Network Monitoring

Network Provisioning

Nexus 1000V VSM Support

-Standard IOS CLI

-Network Provisioning


Port Profile

Port Profile Inheritance


VMware Port Mirroring (Promiscuous)

ERSPAN - Port Mirror Across L3 Boundaries

Netflow v5




Netflow v9


CDP v1/v2

Export to Syslog Server

System Features

Active/Standby Supervisor for Control Plane HA


VMware Remote CLI

*Experimental Support


Migrating from vSwitch to DVS - Migrating virtual machines between vSwitch or PortGroups to vDS or dvPortgroups

DVS provides more than just having to configure your portgroups once ... heck this can be accomplished with host profiles.

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