A virtual datacenter is a container for all the inventory objects required to complete a fully functional environment for operating virtual machines. You can create multiple datacenters to organize sets of environments. For example, you might create a datacenter for each organizational unit in your enterprise or create some datacenters for high performance environments and others for less demanding virtual machines.

Open a vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server.

Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a datacenter object.


Inventory objects can interact within a datacenter, but interaction across datacenters is limited. For example, you can hot migrate virtual machines from one host to another host in the same datacenter, but not from a host in one datacenter to a host in a different datacenter.


Go to Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.


Select File > New > Datacenter.


Rename the datacenter.

Add hosts, clusters, resource pools, vApps, networking, datastores, and virtual machines to the datacenter.