Configure the Client Network

The client network is the network on which the VCH endpoint VM makes the Docker API available to Docker clients. By designating a specific client network, you isolate Docker endpoints from the public network. Virtual container hosts (VCHs) access vSphere Integrated Containers Management Portal and vSphere Integrated Containers Registry over the client network.

vic-machine Option

You designate a specific network for traffic between Docker clients and the VCH by specifying the vic-machine create --client-network option when you deploy the VCH.


Short name: --cln

A port group on which the VCH makes the Docker API available to Docker clients. Docker clients use this network to issue Docker API requests to the VCH.


--client-network port_group_name

If you do not specify this option, the VCH uses the public network for client traffic. If you specify an invalid port group name, vic-machine create fails and suggests valid port groups.

Example vic-machine Command

This example deploys a VCH with the following configuration:

  • Specifies the target vCenter Server instance, the vCenter Server user name, password, datacenter and cluster, an image store, a port group for the bridge network, a name for the VCH, and the thumbprint of the vCenter Server certificate.
  • Secures connections to the Docker API with an automatically generated server certificate, without client certificate verification, by setting --no-tlsverify.
  • Directs public traffic to an existing port group named network 1 and Docker API and management traffic to network 2.
vic-machine-operating_system create
--target 'Administrator@vsphere.local':password@vcenter_server_address/dc1
--compute-resource cluster1
--image-store datastore1
--bridge-network vch1-bridge
--public-network 'network 1'
--management-network 'network 2'
--client-network 'network 2'
--name vch1
--thumbprint certificate_thumbprint

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