Before you can deploy a vApp, you must find a vApp template in one of your organization's catalogs and a vDC in your organization to use for the deployment.

After you log in, you can make a GET request to your organization's URL to retrieve the XML representation of the organization. This representation shows the organization's attributes and contents, including links to its catalogs and vDCs.

Verify that you are logged in to the vCloud API as a system administrator or member of an organization in the cloud.

1

Examine the list of organizations to which you have access.

Make a GET request to the URL in the href value of the orgList link, which is present in the response to all login requests.

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/org/

Unless you are a system administrator, the response to this request is an OrgList element containing a single Org element, which represents your organization.

<OrgList
   xmlns="http://www.vmware.com/vcloud/v1.5"
   type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.orgList+xml"
   href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/org">
   <Org
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.org+xml"
      name="ExampleOrg"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/org/5" />
</OrgList>
2

Retrieve the representation of your organization.

See the request portion of Example: Retrieve the Contents of an Organization.

3

Examine the response to find the links to the organization's catalogs and vDCs.

See the response portion of Example: Retrieve the Contents of an Organization.

This example retrieves the ExampleOrg organization listed in the OrgList element shown in Step 1.

Request:

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/org/5

Response:

200 OK
Content-Type: application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.org+xml
...
<Org
   name="ExampleOrg"
   type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.org+xml"
   href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/org/5">
   <Link
      rel="down"
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.catalog+xml"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/catalog/32"
      name="ExampleCatalog" />
   <Link
      rel="down"
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.vdc+xml"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/vdc/5"
      name="ExampleVdc01" />
   <Link ... />
   <Link ... />
   <Description>Example Corp’s Primary Organization</Description>
</Org>

Links in the response whose rel attribute has a value of down are references to objects that the organization contains. This example shows the subset of those items that we reference in the Hello vCloud example:

A catalog named ExampleCatalog, at URL https://vcloud.example.com/api/catalog/32, where you can look for vApp templates.

An organization vDC named ExampleVdc01, at URL https://vcloud.example.com/api/vdc/5, where you can deploy the vApp.