You can create a provider virtual datacenter to register vSphere compute, memory, and storage resources for vCloud Director to use. You can create multiple provider virtual datacenters for users in different geographic locations or business units, or for users with different performance requirements.

A provider virtual datacenter consists of one or more resource pools with one primary (initial) resource pool. All resource pools must be from a single vCenter Server. Non-primary resource pools can be later added or removed to expand or shrink provider virtual datacenter resources. The primary resource pool cannot be removed.

If you plan to add a resource pool that is part of a cluster that uses vSphere HA, make sure you are familiar with how vSphere HA calculates slot size. For more information about slot sizes and customizing vSphere HA behavior, see the VMware vSphere Availability Guide.


  • Verify that at least one vCenter Server is attached with an available resource pool to vCloud Director. The resource pool must be in a vCenter cluster configured to use automated DRS. The vCenter Server must have the vShield for VMware vCloud Director license key.
  • Set up the VXLAN infrastructure in vShield Manager. See "VXLAN Virtual Wires Management" in the vShield Administration Guide.


  1. Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Provider VDCs in the left pane.
  2. Click New Provider VDC.
  3. Type a name and optional description.
    You can use the name and description fields to indicate the vSphere functions available to the provider virtual datacenter, for example, vSphere HA.
  4. Select the latest supported hardware version and click Next.
    This selection determines the latest supported hardware version for virtual machines in organization virtual datacenters based on this provider virtual datacenter. Hardware Version 10 requires ESXi 5.5 hosts.
  5. Select a vCenter Server and resource pool and click Next.
    If the vCenter Server has no available resource pools, no resource pools appear in the list.
  6. Select one or more storage policies for the provider virtual datacenter to support, click Add, and click Next.
  7. Click Finish to create the provider virtual datacenter.


vCloud Director creates a provider virtual datacenter and associated VXLAN network pool.