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You recently upgraded a vSphere environment to vSphere 5.5 and want to take advantage any new features that can improve performance. You have concerns with network-related performance in your vSphere environment and you want to determine if using the new Link Aggregation Group (LAG) enhancements will help.
- Connect the ESXi host to the distributed virtual switch using two network adapters for uplinks.
- Create a LAG named lag1 on a distributed virtual switch, and configure it use Destination IP address, TCP/UDP port and VLAN load balancing.
- Create a distributed port group named Test and configure it to use the LAG.
- Distributed virtual switch: dvSwitch1
- ESXi host: host-01
- Network adapters: vminc4 and vmnic5
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- Use the vSphere Web Client to navigate to the Networking view and select the distributed virtual switch.
- Right-click the switch and select Add and Manage Hosts.
- Click Add hosts and click Next.
- Click Add new hosts, select host host-01.lab.local, and click OK.
- On the Select physical network adapters page, select vmnic4 and vmnic5.
- Accept defaults for the remainder of the wizard.
- Verify the distributed virtual switch is version 5.5 and it indicates that LACP has Enhanced Support by examining the distributed virtual switch’s Summary tab. Verify that Enhanced Support appears for the Link Aggregation Control Protocol.
- Select Manage > LACP > New Link Aggregation Group.
- Set the Name to lag1 and set the load balancing mode to Destination IP address, TCP/UDP port and VLAN load.
- In the inventory, right-click dvSwitch1 and select New distributed port group.
- Name the port group Test. Click Next and use the wizard to make the following changes.
- In the Teaming and failover section, ensure that lag1 is listed under Active Uplinks.