Backup/Restore Distributed Switch Configuration In vSphere 5.1

VMware introduced this feature in vSphere 5.1 where it allows backup of the distributed switch
Following are the observations while performing the test
  • This is only possible from web client
  • It gives you 2 options while exporting the configuration. Only distributed switch only & Distributed Switch and all port groups and its configuration
    • This was quite helpful for me as I have PVLAN configuration and I wanted to replicate that to a separate vCenter so instead of doing it manually I preferred this option and it saved me time
  • Restore option doesn’t create the distributed switch we need to manually create the switch and the restore the configuration
  • Also following a good video from VMware   – Link

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