In the Dedicated Cloud service, you must create a virtual data center before you can use the infrastructure resources you have purchased. You can group your resources into one or more virtual data centers, depending upon your requirements. For example, you can create one virtual data center for your entire company or you can create different virtual data centers for different departments, project teams, or geographic sites.

When you create a virtual data center, it is set up with compute, storage, and network resources. If you allocate one or more public IP addresses to the virtual data center, an additional network is created that can provide Internet access to virtual machines connected to it.

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For information about configuring networking and gateways for virtual data centers, see the vCloud Air Networking Guide.

Verify that you have resources and virtual infrastructure administrator privileges in the Dedicated Cloud service where you will create the virtual data center. You cannot have multiple virtual data centers with a Virtual Private Cloud service, because the Virtual Private Cloud service is provided as a single virtual data center.

If you have multiple regions, verify where you want to add a new virtual data center.

If you want to provide access to the Internet to any virtual machines in the data center, verify that you have public IP addresses available. Allocate IP addresses to the virtual data center only if you want to create virtual machines that need access to the Internet. If you allocate IP addresses, they are reserved for the virtual data center.

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Sign in to the vCloud Air console.

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Select the region where you will create the virtual data center.

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Click Add a Virtual Datacenter.

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In the Create Virtual Datacenter pop-up menu, select a cloud.

You can view available CPU, memory, and storage resources for each service. You can also view the number of unused public IP addresses.

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Select the resources to use.

To use all the available resources for your new virtual datacenter, select Use all of these resources, and click Create Virtual Datacenter.

To use some of the available resources for your new virtual data center, select Use some of these resources, and click Next.

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Type a name for the virtual data center.

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Select a size for the virtual data center. You can do one of the following.

Select a Small, Medium, or Large configuration and then adjust the default settings according to your needs.

You can only select a configuration for which you have available resources.

Specify resources individually in the CPU, Storage, Memory, and Public IPs text boxes.

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To restrict the storage usage for the virtual machines in the virtual data center, click Specify by Tier under Storage. The option to select SSD-Accelerated or Standard storage appears. Select the tier and enter the amount of storage to allocate. When users create virtual machines in the virtual data center, they can add can disks from the designated storage tiers based on the amounts allocated for the tiers.

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Click Set Up this Virtual Datacenter.

It may take several minutes for the virtual data center to be created.

The virtual data center is created. It is added to the list of virtual data centers in the Dashboard tab. Clicking on the virtual data center allows you to manage it.

Assign the users for the virtual data center. See vCloud Air User Management.