When you create a custom vCloud Automation Center blueprint, you can allow a clone deployment to provision vCloud Application Director Windows-based or Linux-based applications and services to the VMware vSphere environment.

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

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

Verify that a vCenter Server virtual machine is available for the vCloud Automation Center blueprint to create a clone deployments.

You must have the customization specification name available for a Windows-based vCloud Automation Center blueprint. See Prepare vCenter Server Windows Virtual Machine Templates.

Familiarize yourself with how to create a blueprint in vCloud Automation Center. See vCloud Automation Center Operating guide.


Log in to the vCloud Automation Center server.


Select New Blueprint > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter).


Complete the information on the Blueprint Information tab.


On the Build Information tab, select the Clone option from the Action drop-down menu.


Click Clone from to browse and select the vCenter Server template you created for use in vCloud Automation Center.


For a Windows-based vCloud Automation Center blueprint, type the customization specification name in the Customization spec text box.

You created the customization specification as part of the vCenter Server virtual machine template preparation.


Add information to the Property and Security tabs as required and click OK to save your changes.

The vCloud Automation Center blueprint appears in the Blueprint menu.

Register the vCloud Automation Center blueprint configured for clone deployment for use in vCloud Application Director. See Register the vCloud Automation Center Cloud Provider and Template.