You can create a provider vDC to register vSphere compute, memory, and storage resources for vCloud Director to use. You can create multiple provider vDCs for users in different geographic locations or business units, or for users with different performance requirements.

A provider vDC can only include a single resource pool from a single vCenter Server.

If you plan to add a resource pool that is part of a cluster that uses vSphere HA, make sure you are familiar with how vSphere HA calculates slot size. For more information about slot sizes and customizing vSphere HA behavior, see the VMware vSphere Availability Guide.

Verify that at least one vCenter Server is attached with an available resource pool to vCloud Director. The resource pool must be in a vCenter cluster that is configured to use automated DRS. The vCenter Server must have the vShield for VMware vCloud Director license key.


Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Provider vDCs in the left pane.


Click New Provider vDC.


Type a name and optional description.

You can use the name and description fields to indicate the vSphere functions available to the provider vDC, for example, vSphere HA.


Select the latest supported hardware version and click Next.

This selection determines the latest supported hardware version for virtual machines in organization vDCs based on this provider vDC. Hardware Version 9 requires ESXi 5.1 hosts.


Select a vCenter Server and resource pool and click Next.

If the vCenter Server has no available resource pools, no resource pools appear in the list.


Select one or more storage profiles for the provider vDC to support, click Add, and click Next.


Click Finish to create the provider vDC.