Create a DRS cluster using the New Cluster wizard in the vSphere Client.


Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.

You can create a cluster without a special license, but you must have a license to enable a cluster for vSphere DRS (or vSphere HA).


  1. Right-click a datacenter or folder in the vSphere Client and select New Cluster.
  2. Name the cluster in the Name text box.
    This name appears in the vSphere Client inventory panel.
  3. Enable the DRS feature by clicking the vSphere DRS box.
    You can also enable the vSphere HA feature by clicking vSphere HA.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select a default automation level for DRS.
    Automation Level Action
    • Initial placement: Recommended host(s) is displayed.
    • Migration: Recommendation is displayed.
    Partially Automated
    • Initial placement: Automatic.
    • Migration: Recommendation is displayed.
    Fully Automated
    • Initial placement: Automatic.
    • Migration: Recommendation is executed automatically.
  6. Set the migration threshold for DRS.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Specify the default power management setting for the cluster.
    If you enable power management, select a vSphere DPM threshold setting.
  9. Click Next.
  10. If appropriate, enable Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) and select the mode it should operate in.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Select a location for the swapfiles of your virtual machines.
    You can either store a swapfile in the same directory as the virtual machine itself, or a datastore specified by the host (host-local swap)
  13. Click Next.
  14. Review the summary page that lists the options you selected.
  15. Click Finish to complete cluster creation, or click Back to go back and make modifications to the cluster setup.


A new cluster does not include any hosts or virtual machines.

To add hosts and virtual machines to the cluster see Adding Hosts to a Cluster and Removing Virtual Machines from a Cluster.