You can configure certain organization virtual datacenter networks to provide DHCP services to virtual machines in the organization.

vCloud Director assigns a DHCP IP address to a virtual machine when you power it on if you performed the following tasks:
  • Enabled DHCP for an organization virtual datacenter network
  • Connected to that network a NIC on a virtual machine in the organization
  • Selected DHCP as the IP mode for that NIC

System administrators and organization administrators can configure DHCP.


Verify that you have a routed organization virtual datacenter network or an internal organization virtual datacenter network.


  1. Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Organization VDCs in the left pane.
  2. Double-click the organization virtual datacenter name to open the organization virtual datacenter.
  3. Click the Org VDC Networks tab, right-click the organization virtual datacenter network name, and select Configure Services.
  4. Click the DHCP tab and select Enable DHCP.
  5. Type a range of IP addresses or use the default range.
    vCloud Director uses these addresses to satisfy DHCP requests. The range of DHCP IP addresses cannot overlap with the static IP pool for the organization virtual datacenter network.
  6. Set the default lease time and maximum lease time or use the default values.
  7. Click OK.


vCloud Director updates the network to provide DHCP services.