You can copy a virtual machine or vApp from one cloud to another. You must power off the virtual machine or vApp before you copy it.

When you copy to a vCloud Director-based cloud, the virtual machine or vApp is copied as a vApp template.

You can use the deployment options to automatically deploy a vApp from the vApp template after it is copied.

When you copy a vApp from a vCloud Director cloud to a vCloud Director or vCloud Hybrid Service cloud, the vApp's internal network configuration is not retained in the destination cloud. The vApp is always deployed in the destination cloud in fenced mode with a direct connection to the Organization network.

You can start multiple copies at the same time. The copies are executed in parallel. By default, vCloud Connector executes a maximum of 10 concurrent tasks per cloud.

See How Objects are Copied for more information about the Copy command.

vCloud Connector is open.


In the Browser panel on the left, expand the Clouds tree and select the cloud that contains the virtual machine or vApp that you want to copy.

The Inventory panel displays all the contents of the cloud. You can narrow the results by using Search or by expanding the cloud hierarchy further in the Browser panel and selecting a sub-folder.


In the Inventory panel, click the vApps or Virtual Machines tab and select the item you want to copy.


From a vCloud Director cloud, you can only copy vApps. You cannot copy individual virtual machines.


If the virtual machine or vApp is powered on, click the Power Off icon at the top of the panel to power it off. If it is suspended, click the Resume icon and then the Power Off icon to power it off.


Click the Copy icon at the top of the panel.


If you are copying from a vCloud Director cloud, in the Select a catalog page, select a catalog in which to store a temporary vApp template, then click Next.

This is a vCloud Director requirement. The temporary vApp template will be deleted after the vApp is copied.

The Select a catalog page does not appear if you are copying from a vSphere cloud.


Click Next.


Select the destination cloud for the virtual machine or vApp.


Type a name and description for the virtual machine or vApp. If you do not specify a name, the default name is the name of the source item with the prefix Copy of.


You cannot use the following characters in the name: % . # & < >


Select a catalog in which to store the virtual machine or vApp, then click Next.


Select a virtual datacenter, then click Next.


If you want to deploy the virtual machine or vApp after copying it, select the appropriate options in the Deployment Options page.



Deploy vApp after copy

Deploys a vApp after copying the virtual machine or vApp as a vApp template.

If you select this option, a Select network configuration option appears. You need to select a network for the vApp in the vCloud Director cloud.

Power on vApp after deployment

Powers on the vApp after deploying it.

Remove temporary vApp template in destination vCloud catalog

After deploying the vApp, removes the vApp template from the destination catalog.


In the Ready to Complete page, review your selections, then click Finish.

To monitor the progress of your copy, see the Tasks panel on the right. A copy task appears. To view detailed information about the task, click on it.

The virtual machine or vApp is copied as a vApp template. You might need to reload the destination cloud to see the vApp template or deployed vApp.