You can add an existing NSX network component to the design canvas in preparation for associating its settings to one or more vSphere machine components in the blueprint.

You can use an existing network component to add an NSX network to the design canvas and configure its settings for use with vSphere machine components and Software or XaaS components that pertain to vSphere.

When you associate an existing network component or an on-demand network component with a machine component, the NIC information is stored with the machine component. The network profile information that you specify is stored with the network component.

You can add multiple network and security components to the design canvas.

For machine components that do not have a Network or Security tab, you can add network and security custom properties, such as VirtualMachine.Network0.Name, to their Properties tab in the design canvas. NSX network, security, and load balancer properties are only applicable to vSphere machines.


  • Create and configure network settings for NSX. See Checklist for Preparing NSX Network and Security Configuration and NSX Administration Guide.

  • Verify that the NSX inventory has executed successfully for your cluster.

    To use NSX configurations in vRealize Automation, you must run data collection.

  • Create a network profile. See Creating a Network Profile.

  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as an infrastructure architect.

  • Open a new or existing blueprint in the design canvas by using the Design tab.


  1. Click Network & Security in the Categories section to display the list of available network and security components.
  2. Drag an Existing Network component onto the design canvas.
  3. Click in the Existing network text box and select an existing network profile.

    The description, subnet mask and gateway values are populated based on the selected network profile.

  4. (Optional) Click the DNS/WINS tab.
  5. (Optional) Specify or accept provided DNS and WINS settings for the network profile.
    • Primary DNS

    • Secondary DNS

    • DNS Suffix

    • Preferred WINS

    • Alternate WINS

    You cannot change the DNS or WINS settings for an existing network.

  6. (Optional) Click the IP Ranges tab.

    The IP range or ranges specified in the network profile are displayed. You can change the sort order or column display. For NAT networks, you can also change IP range values.

  7. Click Finish to save the blueprint as draft or continue configuring the blueprint.

What to do next

You can continue configuring network settings by adding additional network components and by selecting settings in the Network tab of a vSphere machine component in the design canvas.