Beacon probing is a networking troubleshooting feature in VMware vSphere that pinpoints failures
with physical Ethernet
adapters and physical switches.
The beacon probing function in vSphere detects whether network
interface cards in a team can receive and broadcast beacon probes from the host to determine
their status. This function can also determine if a physical switch has had a power failure, if a
cable has been pulled from a physical switch or if there are failures in downstream switches.
Contributor(s): Tom Walat
This was last updated in October 2013
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