Fabric administrators create machine prefixes that are used to create names for machines provisioned through vCloud Automation Center. Tenant administrators and business group managers select these machine prefixes and assign them to provisioned machines through blueprints and business group defaults.

A prefix is a base name to be followed by a counter of a specified number of digits. When the digits are all used, vCloud Automation Center rolls back to the first number.

Machine prefixes must conform to the following limitations:

Contain only the case-insensitive ASCII letters a through z, the digits 0 through 9, and the hyphen (-).

Not begin with a hyphen.

No other symbols, punctuation characters, or blank spaces can be used.

No longer than 15 characters, including the digits, to conform to the Windows limit of 15 characters in host names.

Longer host names are truncated when a machine is provisioned, and updated the next time data collection is run. However, for WIM provisioning names are not truncated and provisioning fails when the specified name is longer than 15 characters.

vCloud Automation Center does not support multiple virtual machines of the same name in a single instance. If you choose a naming convention that causes an overlap in machine names, vCloud Automation Center does not provision a machine with the redundant name. If possible, vCloud Automation Center skips the name that is already in use and generates a new machine name using the specified machine prefix. If a unique name cannot be generated, provisioning fails.

Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a fabric administrator.


Select Infrastructure > Blueprints > Machine Prefixes.


Click the Add icon (Add).


Enter the machine prefix in the Machine Prefix text box.


Enter the number of counter digits in the Number of Digits text box.


Enter the counter start number in the Next Number text box.


Click the Save icon (Save).

Tenant administrators can create business groups so that users can access vCloud Automation Center to request machines.