Managing VMware VDS The section provides the most common procedures for managing an existing VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). Child TopicsManaging licenses Use this procedure for an overview of how to manage VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) licenses. Provisioning a VMware VDS configurationProvision an existing VMware VDS configuration requires changes to the port group, VMKernel interface, VMware vSphere ESXi hosts, jumbo frames and class of service settings. Decommissioning VMware VDS componentsDecommissioning VMware VDS components requires deleting distributed port groups, disassociating the VMware vSphere ESXi hosts, and remove the VMware VDS. Using Disjoint Layer 2 configuration on VMware VDSConfigure Disjoint Layer 2 on VMware VDS. Disjoint Layer 2 is not mandatory for VMware VDS. Backing up and restoring a VMware VDS data configurationWhen you export a backup of the DVswitch configurations, a zip file is created. The import feature will not overwrite the existing dvSwitch(s) and instead create a separate one. The restore feature will overwrite the existing dvSwitch currently in use. Each feature is broken out by administrative procedures. Managing VMware VDS (VMware vSphere 6.5)The VMware VDS is an enterprise feature of VMware vSphere vCenter Server and requires that the VMware vSphere ESXi hosts are licensed with the VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus edition. A non-Enterprise Plus edition does not support VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) functionality. No additional license is required to be installed or managed for the VMware VDS. VMware VDS basic troubleshootingThe VMware vSphere Networking Guide contains procedures that can be used to troubleshoot a VMware VDS.