vCloud Application Director uses the virtual cloud infrastructure features in vCloud Automation Center to deploy applications to the VMware vSphere environment.

As part of the setup process, you must create custom vCloud Automation Center blueprints. A vCloud Automation Center blueprint includes specifications for provisioning virtual, cloud, or physical machines, that determine the machine attributes, how they are provisioned, and their policy and management settings. When you request a machine, you must select the blueprint from which the machine is created. vCloud Automation Center applies a set of custom properties defined in the build profile or in the blueprint to that requested machine. From the vCloud Automation Center interface, you can access the clone or linked clone blueprints and specify properties to override several properties in the vCenter Server template.


vCloud Application Director supports only the vCloud Automation Center virtual blueprint provisioning to vSphere.

In vCloud Application Director, you must register a cloud provider and template. When you register a cloud provider, you map a specific vCloud Automation Center blueprint in a provisioning or business group to a cloud template in vCloud Application Director. This registration process makes this vCloud Automation Center blueprint available in the vCloud Application Director catalog. To deploy an application using this cloud template, you must map a cloud template to a logical template. You must then create a deployment environment and map this deployment environment to an applicable vCloud Automation Center reservation policy.

Familiarize yourself with the key concepts that relate to setting up and configuring a cloud environment for application provisioning. See Key Concepts.