The vCloud Connector Content Library is a library of published folders or catalogs of templates to which users can subscribe. These templates can be virtual machine templates from vSphere clouds or vApp templates from vCloud Director clouds or public vClouds.

Any user of a vCloud Connector instance can publish a folder or catalog of templates to the Content Library and any user can subscribe to a published folder or catalog.

When a user subscribes to a folder or catalog, vCloud Connector copies the templates from the published folder to the user's subscription folder. Templates are copied in the following way.

Virtual machine templates from a published vSphere folder are copied as virtual machine templates to a subscription folder on vSphere and as vApp templates to a subscription catalog on vCloud Director.

vApp templates from a published vCloud Director catalog are copied as vApp templates to a subscription catalog on vCloud Director. If the vApp template is a single-VM vApp template, it is copied as a VM to a subscription folder on vSphere; if the vApp template is a multi-VM vApp template, it is copied as a vApp to a subscription folder on vSphere.

Subsequently, any changes in the published folder are reflected automatically in the subscription folders.

If a template is added to the published folder or catalog, it is added to the subscription folders and catalogs.

Note

In subscription catalogs on vCloud Director 1.5, the template is added with a timestamp appended to its name: mm-dd-yy:hh-mm.

If a template is modified in the published folder or catalog, the modified template replaces the template in the subscription folders and catalogs. (The modified template is copied over with a timestamp appended to its name, then the original template is deleted and the modified template is renamed to the original name.)

Note

In subscription catalogs on vCloud Director 1.5, the modified template does not replace the template in the subscription catalog. Instead, the modified template is always added with a timestamp appended to the template name: mm-dd-yy:hh-mm. If you wish to delete the older template, you must do so manually.

If a template is deleted in the published folder or catalog, it is not deleted in the subscription folders and catalogs by default. If you want templates to be deleted, select the Remove entities if deleted at publisher option while subscribing to the published folder or catalog.

Note

In subscription catalogs on vCloud Director 1.5, templates are not deleted even if you selected the Remove entities if deleted at publisher option while subscribing. You must remove the templates manually.

vCloud Connector synchronizes subscription folders with published folders at 6-hour intervals.

The following terms are used in the context of a Content Library.

Published Folder: A vSphere folder or vCloud Director catalog containing templates that has been published to the Content Library. Any user can publish a folder or catalog. A Published icon (published folder icon) identifies published folders in the Browser panel.

Subscription Folder: The destination folder or catalog that you specify when you subscribe to a Published Folder. Templates from the published folder are copied to the subscription folder. A Subscribed icon (subscribed folder icon) identifies subscription folders in the Browser panel.

Polling Interval: The frequency at which your subscription folder is synchronized with the published folder. The default polling interval is 6 hours.