You must perform some configuration outside of vCloud Automation Center to prepare for machine provisioning. To provision and manage machines in vCloud Director by using vCloud Automation Center, you prepare the organization virtual data center with templates and customization objects.

To provision vCloud Director vApps using vCloud Automation Center cloning, the organization requires a vApp template consisting of one or more virtual machine resources. vCloud Automation Center vApp blueprints and vApp component blueprints reference these resources. They also provide the ability to further configure machines during the provisioning and management process.

The credentials required for endpoint data collection must have rights to connect using VMware Remote Console.

Templates that are to be shared across organizations must be public.

The following high-level overview is of the preparation required to provision vCloud Director vApps using vCloud Automation Center. For more information about vCloud Director administrator tasks, see vCloud Director product documentation.


In vCloud Director, create a vApp template for cloning and add it to the organization catalog.

Depending on access, the template can be added to the global catalog.


In vCloud Director, use the vApp template to specify custom settings such as passwords, domain, and scripts for the guest operating system on each machine.

You can use vCloud Automation Center to override some of these settings.

Customization can vary depending on the guest operating system of the resource.


In vCloud Director, configure the catalog to be shared with everyone in the organization.

The vCloud Director organization administrator allows all users and groups in the organization to have access to the catalog. Without this sharing designation, the catalog templates are not be visible to tenant administrators or business group managers in vCloud Automation Center.


Run inventory data collection in vCloud Automation Center to collect your templates.


Gather the following information so that tenant administrators and business group managers can include it in their blueprints:

Name of the vApp template.

Amount of total storage specified for the template.


Only reserved templates are available as a cloning source.