In Dedicated Cloud instances, 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 while creating it, a gateway and a gateway network are also created, in addition to an isolated network. See Creating and Managing Gateways and Networks for more information.

To provide users access to the virtual data center, use the vCloud Air portal to create users, assign them roles, and add them to the virtual data center.

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

Verify that there are resources available in the Dedicated Cloud instance in which you want to create the new virtual data center.

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In the navigation pane on the left, navigate to vCloud Air Services and click Cloud Instances.

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Select the Dedicated Cloud instance in which you want to create the new virtual data center.

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Click the Related Objects tab, and click the Virtual Datacenters tab.

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Click the Add icon (add) at the top of the table.

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Type a name for the virtual data center and select the cloud instance in which to create it.

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

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Select the resources for the virtual data center.

To allocate some of the available resources in the cloud instance to the new virtual data center, select Use some of the resources to create virtual data center.

To allocate all the available resources in the cloud instance to the new virtual data center, select Use all of the resources to create virtual data center.

If you allocate all the available resources, you will not be able to create more virtual data centers in the cloud instance, until you add more resources or adjust the resource allocation across your cloud instances.

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Click Next.

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If you chose to use some of the resources, make your selections, and click Next.

You can do one of the following.

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

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

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If the cloud instance has multiple storage tiers, the storage type defaults to the first tier listed under Customize allocated resources. This is the default storage profile selected in vCloud Director.

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

All storage tiers of the cloud instance are displayed. You can allocate one or more types of storage to the virtual data center, depending on the storage performance needs of the virtual machines in the virtual data center. For example, you can allocate 500 GB of SSD-Accelerated and 300 GB of Standard storage. For more information, see Manage Storage for a Virtual Data Center.

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

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Review your selections in the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish.

Create virtual machines in the virtual data center and connect them to a network.