You can add a network pool that is backed by port groups to register vSphere port groups for vCloud Director to use. Unlike other types of network pools, a network pool that is backed by port groups does not require a vSphere distributed switch.

Caution

The port groups must be isolated from all other port groups at the layer 2 level. The port groups must be physically isolated or must be isolated by using VLAN tags. Failure to properly isolate the port groups can cause a disruption on the network.

Verify that one or more port groups are available in vSphere. The port groups must be available on each ESX/ESXi host in the cluster, and each port group must use only a single VLAN. Port groups with VLAN trunking are not supported.

1

Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Network Pools in the left pane.

2

Click Add Network Pool.

3

Select vSphere Port Group-backed and click Next.

4

Select a vCenter Server and click Next.

5

Select one or more port groups, click Add, and click Next.

You can create one network for each port group.

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Type a name and optional description for the network and click Next.

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Review the network pool settings and click Finish.

You can now create an organization vDC network that is backed by the network pool or associate the network pool with an organization vDC and create vApp networks.