An external network profile identifies network properties and settings for an existing network. An external network profile is a requirement of NAT and routed network profiles. If you registered and configured an IPAM endpoint in vRealize Orchestrator, you can specify that IP address information be supplied by an IPAM provider.


  • Verify that you imported and configured an external IPAM provider plug-in in vRealize Orchestrator and registered the IPAM provider endpoint type in vRealize Orchestrator. In this example, the supported external IPAM solution provider is Infoblox. See Checklist for Preparing External IPAM Provider Support.

  • Create an External IPAM Provider Endpoint.

  • Configure the vRealize Orchestrator Appliance with the registered IPAM Endpoint workflow as the standalone Orchestrator in the global tenant (administrator @ vsphere.local ).

  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a fabric administrator.


  1. Select Infrastructure > Reservations > Network Profiles.
  2. Click New and select Existing or External from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter a name and, optionally, a description.
  4. If you have configured an external IPAM service provider, you can select the registered IPAM endpoint name in the IPAM endpoint drop-down menu.

    When you select an external IPAM endpoint that you have registered in vRealize Orchestrator, IP addresses are obtained from the specified IPAM service provider endpoint. The subnet mask, gateway and DNS/WINS options are not available because their functions are controlled by the selected IPAM endpoint. The values for the subnet mask, gateway and DNS/WINS options are provided by the selected IPAM endpoint.

What to do next

You can now define network ranges for IP addresses to complete the network profile definition.