vCloud Application Director registers a cloud provider by connecting to a vCloud Director instance and organization. A catalog that is accessible to the vCloud Director user can provide access to virtual machine templates. The vDCs of the vCloud organization map to deployment environments.

For information about setting up vCloud Director for use with vCloud Application Director, see Preparing to Install vCloud Application Director.

You cannot delete a cloud provider that is linked to a deployment environment. When you delete a cloud provider that is not linked to a deployment environment, all of the cloud template mappings from logical templates are removed.

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

Verify that vCloud Director 5.1.2 or 5.5 is installed and configured.

Create virtual machine templates that meet vCloud Application Director requirements. See Virtual Machine Requirements for Creating vCloud Director Custom Templates.

Verify that the vCloud organization that you plan to use with vCloud Application Director is created and configured with organization administrator privileges.

When you map cloud templates for a cloud provider in vCloud Application Director, verify that the vCloud Director template that you are mapping to is a single virtual machine. Multiple virtual machine vApp templates are not supported.

Templates with multiple virtual machines cannot be registered to a vCloud Application Director cloud provider.


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


Click New in the toolbar.


Complete the cloud provider information.



Name and Description

Include the vCloud Director organization 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 Director 5.1.2 or 5.5 is the supported type.

Cloud IP/Hostname

The cloud IP or host name must match the IP address or host name of the vCloud Director instance.

Organization Name

The organization name must match the name of an organization in vCloud Director.

User Name and Password

Credentials for an organization user with organization administrator privileges for that organization. This user must not be the vCloud Director system administrator.


If the user name includes an @ symbol, replace it with %40 when you provide the login credentials.


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


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.


To register vCloud Director virtual machine templates, click Edit in the toolbar.


In the Templates section, click New to register templates.


Select a catalog from the drop-down menu and click Get Templates.

Templates with multiple virtual machines cannot be registered to a vCloud Application Director cloud provider.

Cloud templates with a single virtual machine appear in the drop-down menu.


Select the check boxes next to one or more templates 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.


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

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

Map these vCloud Director cloud templates 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 Director environment. See Create a vCloud Director Deployment Environment.