When you create a custom vCloud Automation Center blueprint you can allow a linked clone deployment to provision vCloud Application Director Windows-based or Linux-based applications and services to the VMware vSphere environment. A linked clone is a copy of a virtual machine based on a snapshot. It occupies a small disk space, quick to provision, ideal when performance is not a high priority.

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 linked clone deployment.

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 the vCloud Automation Center Operating guide.


Log in to the vCloud Automation Center server.


Select New Blueprint > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter) and name the blueprint vCAC_Clone.


Complete the information on the Blueprint Information tab.


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


In the Clone from drop-down menu, 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.


Click OK to save your changes.


Select vCAC_Clone, request a machine from the drop-down menu and accept the default settings.

The request information is derived from the resources defined in the vCenter Server template.

When your machine request is processed, it appears under the Provisioning Group > Group Machine menu. The machine name vCAC_Clone is appended with a unique series of letters and numbers such as vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0.


Log in to the vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 machine and stop the vCloud Application Director and vCloud Automation Center services depending on your Windows or Linux operating system.




vCloud Application Director bootstrap service for Linux


vCloud Automation Center agent service for Linux


vCloud Application Director bootstrap service for Windows

VRMAgent or winservice

vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and 6.0 agent service for Windows


Run the Windows script agent_reset.bat or Linux script agent_reset.sh to remove runtime log files from vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0.


Power off the vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 machine.

Create a snapshot from the vCAC_Clone blueprint for a linked clone deployment. See Create a Snapshot from a vCloud Automation Center Blueprint.