Add an external network to register vSphere network resources for vCloud Director to use. You can create organization VDC networks that connect to an external network.


A vSphere port group is available. Port groups with or without VLAN trunking are supported.

VMware recommends using an elastic port group with static port binding.


  1. Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click External Networks in the left pane.
  2. Click the Add Network button.
  3. Select a vCenter server and vSphere network and click Add.
  4. (Optional) If multiple vCenter servers are listed, select another vCenter server and vSphere network and click Add.
    All of the vSphere networks you add must originate on the same type of switch: either DVSwitch or Standard switch. You can select only one vSphere network from each vCenter server.
  5. When you have finished adding backing vCenter servers and vSphere networks, click Next.
  6. Type the network settings and click Next.
  7. Type a name and optional description for the network and click Next.
  8. Review the network settings and click Finish.

What to do next

You can now create an organization virtual datacenter network that connects to the external network.