By adding an external network, you can register vSphere network resources for VMware Cloud Director to use. You can create organization VDC networks that connect to an external network.

You can add an IPv4 or IPv6 external network.


Verify that a vSphere port group is available with or without VLAN trunking. Elastic port groups with static port binding ensure optimal performance.


  1. From the primary left navigation panel, select Resources, and from the page top navigation bar, select Cloud Resources.
  2. In the left pane, click External Networks and click New.
  3. Select vSphere Resources, select the type of port groups to back the network, and click Next.
  4. Enter a name and, optionally, a description for the new external network.
  5. Select the port groups to back the external network and click Next.
  6. Configure at least one subnet and click Next.
    1. To add a subnet, click Add.
    2. Enter the network Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) settings.

      Use the format network_gateway_IP_address/subnet_prefix_length, for example,

    3. (Optional) Enter the DNS settings.
    4. Configure a static IP pool by adding at least one IP range or IP address.
    5. Click OK.
    6. (Optional) To add another subnet, repeat this step.
  7. Review the network settings and click Finish.

What to do next

You can create an organization VDC network that connects to the external network.