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How to create a DHCP pool


With virtual data centre (VDC) networks, you have the option of creating an IP pool of addresses to be assigned automatically or manually (a.k.a. static IP pool). These addresses are injected into virtual machines (VMs) via VMware Tools during Guest Customisation. They appear in the usual places in Windows and Linux where you would interrogate IP settings, and show as static addresses.

In some situations, you may require true DHCP functionality in your VMs to show IP addresses as dynamically defined. As with an IP pool, you are defining a non-overlapping range of IP addresses to use on the network.

Create a DHCP pool for an advanced gateway¤

To create a DHCP pool:

  1. In the VMware Cloud Director Virtual Datacenters dashboard, select the VDC that contains the Edge Services Gateway (ESG) that requires the DHCP pool.

  2. In the left navigation panel, click Edges.

    Nav Edge

  3. Select the ESG for configuration, and click Services.

    Nav Services

  4. Select the DHCP tab.

    Nav DHCP

  5. In the Pools tab, click the + button.

    DHCP New

  6. Select the network to which you want to apply the DHCP pool, then define an IP range for the pool. You can leave the lease times as default or change them.

    DHCP Add

  7. To finish, click Keep.

Next steps¤

In this article you have learned how to create a DHCP pool. For other ESG configuration tasks, see:

Last update: July 9, 2023