Use the Tanzu Mission Control console to create a new Kubernetes cluster in your cloud provider account.

When you create a new cluster using VMware Tanzu Mission Control provisions the necessary resources in your connected cloud provider account and attaches the new cluster to a cluster group in your organization. For more information, see Cluster Lifecycle Management in VMware Tanzu Mission Control Concepts.


Before you can provision a new cluster, you must first set up a cloud provider account connection, as described in Connect a Cloud Provider Account.

You must also have the appropriate permissions to create the cluster.
  • To provision a cluster, you must be associated with the clustergroup.edit role on the cluster group in which you want to put the new cluster.
  • To see and use a cloud provider account connection for creating a cluster, you must be associated with the organization.credential.view role.


  1. Click Clusters in the left navigation pane.
  2. Click New Cluster, and then choose the account in which you want to create the cluster.
  3. Enter a name for the cluster.
    Cluster names must be unique within an organization.
  4. Select the cluster group to which you want to attach your cluster. For this exercise, you can choose default.
  5. You can optionally choose a region other than the default selection, if you have already created an SSH key pair for that region.
  6. Select the appropriate SSH key (for example, my-tmc-kp).
  7. Accept the other default values, and click Next.
  8. On the cluster type page, select Development.
  9. Accept the other default values, and click Next.
  10. Accept the default node pool configuration options, and click Create.


When you click Create, Tanzu Mission Control starts provisioning the resources necessary for your cluster in your cloud provider account. It then creates the cluster and attaches it to your organization in the cluster group that you specified (in this case, default). This process takes a few minutes.

If you navigate to the cluster group page to find the cluster you just created, before it has been completely created, you see its status is Creating.

What to do next

After you have provisioned a new cluster, you can connect to the cluster with kubectl or observe the health and other details in the Tanzu Mission Control console.