A virtual datacenter is a container for all the inventory objects required to complete a fully functional environment for operating virtual machines. You can create multiple datacenters to organize sets of environments. For example, you might create a datacenter for each organizational unit in your enterprise or create some datacenters for high performance environments and others for less demanding virtual machines.


  • Open a vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server.
  • Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a datacenter object.
Note: Inventory objects can interact within a datacenter, but interaction across datacenters is limited. For example, you can hot migrate virtual machines from one host to another host in the same datacenter, but not from a host in one datacenter to a host in a different datacenter.


  1. Go to Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Select File > New > Datacenter.
  3. Rename the datacenter.

What to do next

Add hosts, clusters, resource pools, vApps, networking, datastores, and virtual machines to the datacenter.