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Inside a VMware environment, switches are tasked with bringing the physical network to the virtual machines. For some administrators, using standard virtual switches gets the job done. Other admins want or need more capabilities, therefore they use vSphere Distributed Switches.
There are a lot of features that make the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) an enticing choice for admins. One big bonus of the vDS is that it's managed through vCenter, allowing admins to create and configure switches at the vCenter server level. Although its name makes it sound simple, the vSphere Standard Switch features plenty of options for a less complicated environment.
Take this short quiz to see how well you understand VMware switches and the vSphere Distributed Switch in particular.
How do vSwitches and distributed vSwitches differ?