vCenter Server 6.5 – Migrate VMs from Virtual Distributed Switch to Standard Switch

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I was doing some testing the other day and had migrated about 25 test VM’s to a Virtual Distributed Switch (vDS) from a Standard Switch (vSS). However, to complete my testing I needed the VM’s to be migrated back to a vSS and delete the vDS entirely. In this blog I’m going to document the steps I took to accomplish this.

First step in completing this migration is to migrate the VM’s port groups from the vDS Port group to the vSS port group. One Option could be editing each VM but with 24 VM’s each with 2 vNICS, that would be about 100+ clicks to complete = very slow. However, a more efficient way is to use the vDS migrate VM’s option.

  • In the vCenter Server 6.5 HTML client, I clicked on Network > then under my vDS I right clicked on my active vDS port group
  • I then chose “Migrate VM’s to Another Network”

 

Second I chose BROWSE > a new pop up window appeared and I chose the vSS Port group that I wanted to migrate to then selected ok > I confirmed the ‘Destination Network’ was correct then clicked on next

Third, I wanted to migration both network adapters and I selected ‘All virtual machines’ then Next

Note: If I wanted to migrate individual vNIC vs all, I could have expanded each VM and then choose which network adapter I wanted to migrate.

Fourth, I reviewed the confirmation page and confirmed all 24 VM’s would be migrated, then clicked next

Fifth, here is the final report… All the VM’s have been migrated

Finally, now that all VM’s have been removed from the vDS Port group I can remove the vDS switch from my test environment.

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