You can use vCloud Automation Center multi-machine services or vCloud Director vApps to group component machines.

Comparison of Multi-Machine Service and vApp Features

vCloud Automation Center Multi-Machine Service

vCloud Director vApp

Create a multi-machine blueprint that references individual machine blueprints in vCloud Automation Center.

Use existing vApp templates created in vCloud Director.

Provision machines of any type (virtual, physical, or cloud) as part of a service.

Provision virtual machines from the vCloud Director interface only.

Use vCloud Automation Center to manage component machines of a multi-machine service.

Use vCloud Director to manage vApp virtual machines.

Access to the component portal for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol, Virtual Network Computing, and SSH depends on the guest and console and the endpoint, for example VMware Remote Console for vSphere.

Access to the component portal for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol, Virtual Network Computing, and SSH depends on the guest and console and the endpoint, for example VMware Remote Console for vCloud Director.

Application-specific networks can be defined in a multi-machine blueprint for vCloud Networking and Security and NSX.

Application-specific networks are defined in a vApp.

Component machines can be added or removed after initial provisioning.

Component machines cannot be added or removed after initial provisioning.

vCloud Automation Center defines startup and shutdown order.

The vApp template defines startup and shutdown order.