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vSphere Host Migration to N-VDS

Introduction

This blog post describes the required steps in NSX-T 2.4 to migrate a vSphere Host Physical adapters and associated VMkernel interfaces from a vSphere Distributed Switch to the N-VDS.

Example use cases for migration to the N-VDS:

  • Micro-segmentation with NSX-T, which requires the N-VDS. For example current workloads are on a Compute vDS which require to be secured with NSX-T.
  • Servers with limited number of Physical NICs or customers having the requirement to limit the amount of physical connectivity towards Top of Racks switches to save costs on the network fabric.

In this blog post I will show how to migrate Phyiscal adapters vmnic0 and vmnic1, which are currently connected to a vDS, to a N-VDS. This migration example also shows how to migrate the associated VMkernel interfaces for vSphere Management and vMotion. Depending on your topology this step may not be required. This could be the case when you have for example different vDS for Management and Compute.


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