vCloud Application Director registers a cloud provider by connecting to a vCloud Automation Center provisioning or business group.

A vCloud Automation Center provisioning or business group is a collection of machines, corresponding to a business, department, or other organizational unit. Each provisioning or business group has access to one or more vCloud Automation Center blueprints used to request machines. These blueprints can belong to one or more provisioning or business group. To request machines, a user must belong to at least one provisioning or business group. The machine resource information in the vCloud Automation Center blueprint is obtained from the cloned or linked cloned VMware vSphere template.

Verify that your user account has the ROLE_CLOUD_ADMIN cloud administrator role assigned to it.

Verify that vCloud Automation Center 5.2 or 6.0 is installed and configured.

Verify that the vCloud Automation Center provisioning or business group that you plan to use with vCloud Application Director is created and configured.

Verify that you have Enterprise administrator privileges to access the provisioning or business groups.

Users with Enterprise administrator privileges create and maintain provisioning or business groups. For more information about provisioning or business groups, see the vCloud Automation Center Operating guide.

Make sure that you register vCloud Application Director to vCloud Automation Center using CLI. See Register vCloud Application Director to vCloud Automation Center.

Verify that at least one vCloud Automation Center blueprint is available in the provisioning or business group for the vCloud Application Director cloud provider to connect to. This blueprint must point to a virtual machine template that meets the vCloud Application Director requirements. See Virtual Machine Requirements for Creating vCloud Automation Center Custom Templates.

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On the vCloud Application Director title bar, click the drop-down menu and select Clouds > Cloud Providers.

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Click New in the toolbar.

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Complete the cloud provider information.

For vCloud Automation Center 6.0, when you register vCloud Application Director to vCloud Automation Center, the host name and business group name gets populated for the logged in user.

Option

Description

Name and Description

Include the vCloud Automation Center provisioning group name in either of these fields. The text from these fields appears in the Deployment Profile wizard under the Cloud Provider column.

Cloud Provider Type

vCloud Automation Center 5.2 or 6.0 is the supported type.

vCAC IP/Host Name/URL

Specify the vCloud Automation Center 5.2 server information. Use the secure vCloud Automation Center IP address or the secure vCloud Automation Center host URL.

An example of a secure vCAC IP, https://192.0.2.115 or https://192.10.1.113:443.

An example of a secure Host Name URL, https://vcac.it.vmware.com.

User Name and Password

Add Enterprise administrator credentials for the provisioning group in vCloud Automation Center.

The domain name is required when you type the User Name. An example of a User Name is vCAC\Admin.

Provisioning Group

Click Select to select from a list of provisioning group URIs that are available for your cloud provider.

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To test whether the values you entered are correct, click Validate Connection.

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Click Save to register the cloud provider.

If required entries for the cloud provider were invalid or left blank, you are prompted to correct them when you click Save.

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To register vCloud Automation Center blueprints, click Edit in the toolbar.

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In the Templates section, click New to register templates.

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Select the check boxes next to one or more cloud templates or vCloud Automation Center blueprints in the list, and click OK.

The templates you registered are added to the list of cloud templates that you can choose from when you map a logical template to a cloud template.

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To change existing information for a vCloud Automation Center cloud provider, click Edit in the toolbar, make your changes, and click Save.

When vCloud Application Director registers the cloud template or vCloud Automation Center blueprint, the reservation policy information associated with the cloud template is saved. If the reservation policy changes in the vCloud Automation Center environment, you can click Refresh to get the updates in the reservation policy. As a best practice, refresh the cloud template information, vCAC Infrastructure IP, and the host name when you edit a vCloud Automation Center cloud provider.

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If the vCloud Automation Center blueprint name changes in the vCloud Automation Center environment, the new blueprint name does not appear in the vCloud Application Director user interface. The new blueprint name is updated only in the cloud template meta data.

The cloud provider is registered and its templates are available for use in vCloud Application Director.

Map the vCloud Automation Center cloud template to the vCloud Application Director logical templates. See Add a Logical Template to the Catalog.

Create a deployment environment to deploy an application to the vCloud Automation Center environment. See Create a vCloud Automation Center Deployment Environment.