When you create a linked clone, you must create a snapshot of a vCloud Automation Center virtual machine. This snapshot requires minimal disk space, so a linked clone deployment is faster than a clone deployment.

For more information about linked clones and creating snapshots, see IaaS Configuration for Virtual Platforms.

Verify that vCloud Automation Center 6.1 or later is installed and configured.

Verify that the vCloud Automation Center business group that you plan to use with Application Services is created.

Verify that a vCloud Automation Center blueprint is available from which to create a snapshot. See Create and Configure vCloud Automation Center Blueprint for Linked Clone Deployment.


Select Infrastructure > Blueprints > Blueprints.


Click New Blueprint > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter) and name the blueprint vCAC_LinkedClone.


Complete the information on the Blueprint Information tab.


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


Select a snapshot of the vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 machine.


Click the Browse icon next to the Clone from text box.

The Select Snapshot dialog box appears.


Select the machine vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 and click Next.


Select the snapshot vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0_snapshot and click Next.


Click OK to save your changes.

vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0_snapshot appears in the Clone from text box.


For a Windows-based vCloud Automation Center blueprint, enter 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.


Configure the Properties and Actions tabs as required and click OK to save your changes.

The vCAC_LinkedClone blueprint appears on the Blueprints page.

Register the vCloud Automation Center blueprint configured for linked clone deployment for use in Application Services. See Register the vCloud Automation Center Cloud Provider and Template.