Audit VMware vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch Configuration

Inventory your VMware vSphere distributed virtual switch configuration and automatically generate technical documentation with XIA Configuration Server.

Audit and document your distributed switch settings, uplink ports, port groups and more.

To see all the VMware settings documented by XIA Configuration Server, view the VMware environment capability page.
Screenshot of VMware vSphere distributed switch settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware vSphere distributed switch settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

Information documented by XIA Configuration Server

Find out more about the distributed switch information documented by XIA Configuration below:

XIA Configuration screenshot of VMware networking navigation tree

Demonstration Video

The following video demonstrates XIA Configuration gathering inventory data, exporting it as a PDF and running reports across the entire environment:

A demonstration video of the VMware documentation tool XIA Configuration Server

Distributed Switch Settings

A distributed virtual switch (dvSwitch) acts as a single switch that is available across multiple hosts allowing a consistent centrally managed network configuration for virtual machines as they migrate between hosts.

Use XIA Configuration Server to document the following distributed switch settings:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Manufacturer
  • Version
  • Port Count
  • Maximum MTU
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of VMware distributed switch settings
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of VMware distributed switch settings

Distributed Switch Diagram

XIA Configuration Server automatically creates a diagram of your distributed switch configuration:

XIA Configuration screenshot of a VMware distributed switch diagram
XIA Configuration screenshot of a VMware distributed switch diagram

XIA Configuration Server audits the names of your uplink ports:

XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of uplink port names
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of uplink port names

Hosts

To see all the VMware host settings documented by XIA Configuration, view the VMware host capability page.

Within the distributed switch section, XIA Configuration Server displays the following hosts information:

  • Name
  • Product
  • Version
  • Connection State
  • Manufacturer
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of hosts information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of hosts information

Administrator Contact Details

XIA Configuration Server provides administrator contact details:

XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of administrator contact details
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of administrator contact details

Discovery Protocol

Use XIA Configuration Server to document the following discovery protocol information:

  • Link Discovery Protocol Operation
  • Link Disovery Protocol

NetFlow Settings

XIA Configuration Server audits the following NetFlow settings:

  • Collector IP Address
  • Collector Port
  • Active Flow Export Timeout
  • Idle Flow Export Timeout
  • Sampling Rate
  • Process Internal Flows Only
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of NetFlow settings
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of NetFlow settings

Health Check

XIA Configuration Server provides the following health check information:

  • VLAN and MTU
  • Teaming and Failover
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of health check information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of health check information

Port Mirroring

XIA Configuration Server documents the following port mirroring information:

  • Name
  • Session Type
  • Port Mirroring Enabled
  • Description
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of port mirroring information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of port mirroring information

Private VLANs

XIA Configuration Server audits the following private VLAN information:

  • Primary VLAN ID
  • Secondary VLAN ID
  • VLAN Type
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of private VLAN information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of private VLAN information

Permissions

XIA Configuration Server provides the following information about permissions:

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information
Uplink ports connect a distributed switch to the physical network interface cards on the hosts that are associated with the switch.

Use XIA Configuration Server to document the following information about uplink ports:

  • Name
  • Configure Reset at Disconnect
  • Block Port/s

Override Port Policies

  • Block Ports
  • Vendor Configuration
  • VLAN
  • NetFlow
  • Traffic Filtering and Marking

VLAN

  • VLAN Type
  • Inherited
  • VLAN Identifier

Monitoring

  • NetFlow

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of uplink ports information
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of uplink ports information

Port Groups

A distributed port group is a port group associated with a distributed switch and specifies port configuration options for each member port.

XIA Configuration Server inventories the following port groups information:

  • Name
  • Binding
  • Port Allocation
  • Port Count
  • Configure Reset at Disconnect
  • Block Port/s
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group settings
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group settings

Override Port Policies

  • Block Ports
  • Traffic Shaping
  • Vendor Configuration
  • VLAN
  • Uplink Teaming
  • Resource Allocation
  • Security Policy
  • NetFlow
  • Traffic Filtering and Marking
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of override port policies
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of override port policies

Port Security

  • Promiscuous Mode
  • MAC Address Changes
  • Forged Transmits
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port security
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port security

Traffic Shaping

  • Ingress Traffic Shaping Enabled
  • Egress Traffic Shaping Enabled
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group traffic shaping
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group traffic shaping

VLAN

  • VLAN Type
  • Inherited
  • VLAN Identifier
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group VLAN information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group VLAN information

Teaming and Failover

  • Load Balancing Type
  • Beacon Probing
  • Notify Switches
  • Failback
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group teaming and failover information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group teaming and failover information

Failover Order

  • Uplinks Inherited
  • Active Uplinks
  • Standby Uplinks
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group failover order information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group failover order information

Monitoring

  • NetFlow
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group monitoring information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of port group monitoring information

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information

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