Machine blueprints determine a machine's attributes, the manner in which it is provisioned, and its policy and management settings. A tenant administrator or business group manager creates a vApp Component (vCloud Director) blueprint for each component machine to be included in the vApp (vCloud Director) blueprint. The vApp component blueprint must exist before the vApp blueprint can be configured.

The vApp component blueprint provides information for provisioning a vApp virtual machine in vCloud Director. Provisioning settings include the following items.

Machine prefix

Provisioning workflow

Machine resource specifications

Build profiles and custom properties

Available machine operations

As you create vApp blueprints, and specify the vApp component blueprints to include in those vApp blueprints, use vApp component blueprints that match the hardware requirements of the vApp template used for cloning. Use vApp component blueprints based on the hardware requirements of the vApp template used for cloning. If you use the same vApp component blueprint to provision virtual machines that have different hardware requirements, the Confirm Machine Requests page displays the storage, memory, and CPU quantity setting information based on the first-listed vApp component blueprint in the vApp blueprint. This information may not reflect the actual memory, storage, and CPU quantity information of the machines being provisioned.

For related information, see Create a vApp Component Blueprint and Create a vApp Blueprint.

For more information about blueprints, see Foundations and Concepts.