You can map an external service instance to a deployment environment so that the instance is always used when an application is deployed to that deployment environment.

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

Depending on your cloud provider, you must have at least one vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center, or Amazon EC2 deployment environment mapped in vCloud Application Director. See Create a vCloud Director Deployment Environment, Create a vCloud Automation Center Deployment Environment, or Create an Amazon EC2 Deployment Environment.

If you are using a custom external service, verify that a preconfigured or custom external service is available in the catalog. See Add an External Service to the Catalog.


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


Select an existing deployment environment.


Select the External Service Instance tab and click Register to create an external service instance.


Complete the external service instance information for the deployment environment.



Name and Description

Include the external service name in either of these fields. The text from the name field appears in the Deployment Profile wizard under the Deployment Environment column.

External Service Version

If the external service does not appear in the drop-down list, cancel the dialog box and select Catalog > External Services to add a custom external service to the catalog.

Service Provider

Click the down arrow to select from a list of service providers that are associated with the external service.


This option appears when you map a custom external service to the deployment environment.

The properties defined in the external service version or provider specification version are automatically populated in the Properties section.


Click Save when you finish.


Click the arrow next to the external service instance name to return to the previous page.