You can use resource pools to hierarchically partition available CPU and memory resources of a standalone host or a cluster. Use resource pools to aggregate resources and set allocation policies for multiple virtual machines, without the need to set resources on each virtual machine.


  • Verify that the vSphere Client is connected to a vCenter Server system.
  • Make sure you have permissions sufficient to create a resource pool object.
  • Verify that a cluster, vApp, or other resource pool object is parent to the resource pool.


  1. Select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Select a cluster, vApp, or resource pool.
  3. Select File > New > Resource Pool.
  4. Enter a name and specify resource settings.
  5. Click OK.


The resource pool is added to the inventory.

What to do next

Add virtual machines and vApps to your resource pool.