A network protocol profile contains a pool of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. vCenter Server assigns those resources to vApps or to virtual machines with vApp functionality that are connected to port groups associated with the profile.

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Network protocol profiles also contain settings for the IP subnet, DNS, and HTTP proxy server.


If you move a vApp or a virtual machine that retrieves its network settings from a protocol profile to another datacenter, to power on the vApp or virtual machine you must assign a protocol profile to the connected port group on the destination datacenter.


  1. Navigate to a datacenter that is associated with the vApp and click the Manage tab.
  2. Click Network Protocol Profiles

    Existing network protocol profiles are listed.

  3. Click the Add icon (Add a new network protocol profile) to add a new network protocol profile.