When a user requests a machine, it can be provisioned on any reservation of the appropriate type that has sufficient capacity for the machine. You can apply a reservation policy to a blueprint to restrict the machines provisioned from that blueprint to a subset of available reservations.

Reservation policies provide an optional and helpful means of controlling how reservation requests are processed. A reservation policy is often used to collect resources into groups for different service levels, or to make a specific type of resource easily available for a particular purpose. The following scenarios provide a few examples of possible uses for reservation policies:

To ensure that machines provisioned from a virtual blueprint are placed on reservations with storage devices that support NetApp FlexClone

To restrict provisioning of cloud machines to a specific region containing a machine image that is required for a specific blueprint

To restrict provisioning of Cisco UCS physical machines to reservations on endpoints on which the selected service profile template and boot policy are available

As an additional means of using a Pay As You Go allocation model for vCloud Director vApps

You can add multiple reservations to a reservation policy, but a reservation can belong to only one policy. You can assign a single reservation policy to more than one blueprint. A blueprint can have only one reservation policy.

A reservation policy can include reservations of different types, but only reservations that match the blueprint type are considered when selecting a reservation for a particular request. For more information about how reservations are selected for provisioning a machine, see IaaS Configuration for Cloud Platforms, IaaS Configuration for Physical Machines, or IaaS Configuration for Virtual Platforms.