You can add one or more secondary resource pools to a provider virtual data center, so that its Pay-As-You-Go and Allocation Pool organization virtual data centers can expand.

When compute resources are backed by multiple resource pools, they can expand to accommodate more virtual machines.

You can add resource pools backed by vSphere clusters that are optimally configured for hosting NSX edges that have VLAN uplinks. VMware Cloud Director can use metadata to indicate that the system must place organization VDC Edge Gateways in resource pools backed by those clusters. For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base Article


Your vSphere administrator created the target secondary resource pool in the vCenter Server instance that backs the primary resource pool of the provider virtual data center.


  1. From the top navigation bar, select Resources and click Cloud Resources.
  2. In the left panel, select Provider VDCs, and click the name of the target provider virtual data center.
  3. On the Resource Pools tab, click Add.
  4. Select the resource pool you want to add, and click Add.

    If you want to use vSphere with Tanzu, select a Supervisor Cluster. VMware Cloud Director displays a Kubernetes icon next to resource pools backed by a Supervisor Cluster.

  5. If you select a resource pool or cluster that is backed by a Supervisor Cluster, to establish a trust relationship with the Kubernetes control plane, you must trust the Kubernetes control plane certificate.
  6. If you want to add an additional resource pool, repeat Step 1 to Step 5.


VMware Cloud Director adds the resource pool for the provider virtual data center to use, making elastic all Pay-As-You-Go and Allocation Pool organization virtual data centers backed by the provider virtual data center.

VMware Cloud Director also adds a System VDC resource pool beneath the new resource pool. This resource pool is used for the creation of system resources such as NSX edge VMs and VMs that serve as a template for linked clones.

Important: Do not edit or delete the System VDC resource pool.