Virtual Switches improvements in VMM 2016 TP4

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Administrator that already take advantage of VMM 2012 R2 to virtualize networks and reduce operational cost managing servers will love this new feature in System Center VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) 2016 TP4


So how does it work these new feature? Basically, at the Logical Switch level (Click on Fabric, Networking and then Logical Switches), in the Uplinks tab, we can create vNICs, as shown in the image below.

Note: We have already configured VM Networks, IP Pools, Logical Networks and etc before getting to that point.


The next step is going to the Host properties, and on the Virtual Switches we can add a new Logical Switch and select the adapters that will be part of the switch and define the uplink port profile, and the Virtual NICs will come from the Logical Network that we defined in the previous steps.


The result on the client side are new Virtual NICs being created and all of them were defined at the Logical Switch level instead of Host level.


Using this new feature, the administrator can create more consistent configuration from a single location to all hosts.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).