Virtual networking within ESXi is a key area for every vSphere administrator to understand. Designing and building virtual networks with ESXi and vCenter Server bears some similarities to designing and building physical networks, but there are enough significant differences that an overview of components and terminology is warranted. When you create virtual networks, you have two options available; you can choose a virtual standard switch or a virtual distributed switch. This course deﬁnes the various components involved in a virtual network as well as the factors that affect the design of a virtual network. The course discusses the differences between a virtual standard switch and a virtual distributed switch as well as their features and the advantages of using one over the other.
- Identify the factors that contribute to the design of a virtual network factors that contribute to the design of a virtual network
- Create a standard virtual switch in vSphere Client
- Recognize how port groups work in vSphere 5
- Differentiate between virtualized network adapters in vSphere 5
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- Identify the new functionality that the distributed virtual switch adds to the vSphere 5 networking environment
Anyone wishing to learn the fundamental features, functions, and capabilities of the VMware vSphere product suite collection of products in order to provide a full array of enterprise virtualization functionality; systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel, and ESXi operators and support personnel.
A good understanding of system administration on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Server 2008 operating systems experience would be of benefit. Experience equivalent to or greater than CompTIA Network+ and with Linux Server operating systems is strongly recommended.