You can define new property definitions to allow for additional customization.

After you add a property definition and select a definition control type for that property, you can add attributes to configure property controls. A tenant administrator or business group manager can add properties to blueprints or build profiles. You can also create a property control layout to organize display of the new properties.

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

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Select Infrastructure > Blueprints > Property Dictionary.

2

Click New Property Definition.

3

Enter the new property name in the Name text box.

This name must exactly match the property name that is used in the blueprint or build profile.

4

Enter the name that will appear in the user interface in the Display Name text box.

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(Optional) Enter a property description in the Description text box.

This text is visible to the property dictionary administrator but is not visible to users.

6

Select a definition control type to associate with this property from the Control Type drop-down menu.

Option

Description

CheckBox

Associate a check box with the new property.

DateTimeEdit

Adds a date and time control type that adheres to a YYYY-MM-DD or MM/DD/YYYY format and a time in HH:MM format, 24-hour clock or followed by AM or PM. You can further refine the allowed value by adding property attributes such as MinValue and HelpText.

DropDown

Allows the user to type a value in a text box. You can further refine this property type by adding attributes such as ValueList and Relationship.

DropDownList

Requires the user to select from values in a drop-down menu. You can further refine this property type by adding attributes such as ValueList and Relationship.

Integer

Allows for an integer value. You can further refine the allowed value by adding attributes such as MinValue and MaxValue or Integer.

Label

Adds a read-only text label. You can further refine the allowed value by adding attributes such as MinValue and HelpText.

Link

Displays a link with the property display name as the link text and the property value as the URL. You can control the position of the new property by adding the OrderIndex attribute.

7

Click Required if the machine owner must specify a value for this property.

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Click Save.

The property is created and is visible on the Property Dictionary page.