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Test your vSphere Distributed Switch knowledge with this quiz

If you think you know which features only come with the vSphere Distributed Switch, challenge your knowledge with this quiz.

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.

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What do you think is the most useful feature of a vSphere Distributed Switch?
Apart from acting as a single switch, centrally managing all hosts through the vcenter, a VDS allows for a very convenient task which is network vMotion.
Can be managed centrally and from vCenter
Will the distributed switch function if vcenter server fails?
All VMs connected to the vDS still should have network access even vCenter failure. However, if you need to change network settings for VM, you can change only to network in port group located in vSS. Not possible to make any changes in vDS.
Hi Ryan,

ESXi hosts from different clusters can be added to vDSs.
Also, question 4 - the maximum number of hosts per cluster (vSphere 6) is 64, whereas the maximum number of hosts per vDS is 1000.

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