One of the new features of vSphere 5.1 Web Client is to help you backup the settings of your existing Distributed Virtual Switch. You can keep this backup handy for either applying of a new DVSwitch or to restore the settings of the original DVswitch form where you took this backup.
This is a simple Export and Import task, however since the vSphere Web Client is new and most of the admins are not as familiar with the Web Client, as they are the C# client also referred as a thick client, I thought I will write this small article with screenshots. More importantly, I will also try and tell you in which situations such a backup would help.
Let’s have a look at the process to EXPORT the settings:-
1- Login to the vSphere Web Client with a user with Admin / Network Privileges.
2- Click on Networking -> Right Click on your dvSwitch -> All vCenter Actions -> Export Configuration.
3- Choose to Save either the DVS settings only or DVS and Port Group Settings.
4- Click on Yes to confirm the export.
5- On the next Screen give this file a name and save it on a desired location on your computer.
Sunny Dua works as a Senior Product Line Manager for VMware’s Cloud Management business. His charter is to deliver Multi-Cloud solutions to reduce cloud complexity by leveraging data analytics and artificial intelligence. His 16+ years of experience include technical and strategic roles for Hewlett Packard, Capgemini, and VMware.
He is a hands-on Product Manager with deep knowledge of Cloud and Enterprise technologies. His current charter includes driving product strategy and roadmap for VMware’s vRealize portfolio within the VMware’s Multi-Cloud strategy.
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