Starting with VMware Cloud Director 10.3, system administrators can create an organization virtual data center network by importing a distributed port group from a vSphere distributed switch.


  • Verify that you have system administrator rights.
  • To make a distributed port group available to VMware Cloud Director, you must create it on a vSphere distributed switch that is associated with your data center hosts. For detailed information on setting up networking with vSphere distributed switches, see the vSphere Networking documentation.


  1. In the top navigation bar, click Networking.
  2. On the Networks tab, click New.
  3. On the Scope page, select Organization Virtual Data Center, select a VDC in which to create the network, and click Next.
  4. On the Network Type page, select Imported.
  5. From the imported network types, select Distributed Virtual Port Group, and click Next.
  6. From the list of available distributed port groups, select the target port group, and click Next.
  7. Enter a name, and, optionally, a description of the organization VDC network.
  8. Enter the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) settings for the network.

    Use the format network_gateway_IP_address/subnet_prefix_length, for example,

  9. (Optional) To enable dual-stack networking, turn on the Dual-Stack Mode toggle.
    Dual-stack mode enables the network to have both IPv4 and IPv6 subnets.
    Note: Enabling dual-stack networking mode is irreversible.
  10. (Optional) To make the new organization VDC network available to other organization VDCs within the same organization, toggle on the Shared option.
    Note: The organization VDCs must be backed by the same provider VDC.
  11. Click Next.
  12. (Optional) To reserve one or more IP addresses for assignment to virtual machines that require static IP addresses, configure the Static IP Pools for the network.
    1. Enter the IP address or range of IP addresses, and click Add.
      To add multiple static IP addresses or ranges, repeat this step.
    2. (Optional) To modify or remove IP addresses and ranges, click Modify or Remove.
  13. (Optional) Configure the DNS settings.
    Option Action
    Primary DNS Enter the IP address for your primary DNS server.
    Secondary DNS Enter the IP address for your secondary DNS server.
    DNS Suffix Enter your DNS suffix.

    The DNS suffix is the DNS name without including the host name.

  14. Click Next.
  15. Review your settings and click Finish.