You provision a reserved physical machine by using a physical blueprint. The reservation for the machine determines the business group, so only blueprints from that group appear.

When you use the Provision option, provisioning proceeds even if the CPU count or memory of the selected machine does not match the specifications in the selected blueprint.

The Provision option does not appear for an unprovisioned Cisco USC physical machine with an associated service profile, which indicates it has an existing operating system. To provision such a machine in vCloud Automation Center, import then reprovision the machine with the same blueprint used for the import.


When you use the Provision option to provision a physical machine with an existing operating system, the operating system and all associated data are deleted.

None of these changes affects the machine itself, but change only the record of the machine, and in some cases, the virtualization platform’s record of a virtual machine, in vCloud Automation Center. The correct property value is restored and the record corrected with the next data collection.

Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a business group manager.

Verify that a fabric group exists that does not have compute resources or a physical endpoint for the physical machine.

Verify that a business group exists.

Verify that a physical reservation exists and that it contains a physical machine.

Create a physical blueprint. The Properties tab in the blueprint must include the Image.ISO.Location and Image.ISO.Name custom properties to identify the image to be deployed on the physical machine during provisioning.

For more information about how to prepare for provisioning a physical machine, see IaaS Configuration for Physical Machines.


Select Infrastructure > Machines > Reserved Machines.


Locate the machine to provision.


Select Provision from the drop-down menu.


Select the blueprint to use when provisioning the machine.

Only blueprints in the associated business group appear.


Click the Request Information tab.


Type values in the Description, Owner, and Reason for request text boxes, as required.

Your user name appears in the Owner text box.


(Optional) Add custom properties.

If the physical blueprint does not include the Image.ISO.Location and Image.ISO.Name custom properties to identify the image being deployed on the physical machine, you can enter them here.


Click the Properties tab.


Click New Property.


Type a custom property name in the Name text box.


Type the value of the custom property in the Value text box.


Click the Save icon (Save).


Repeat Step a through Step e to add more custom properties.


Click OK.