You can subscribe to a folder or catalog of templates that is available in the Content Library. After you subscribe, vCloud Connector keeps your templates synchronized with the source templates. Any changes made to the source folder or catalog will automatically be reflected in your subscription folder or catalog at the interval or time that you specify. You can also synchronize the folders at any time with the Sync Now command.

If a template is added to the source folder or catalog, it is added to the subscription folders and catalogs.

If a template is modified in the source folder or catalog, the modified template replaces the template in the subscription folders and catalogs. (The modified template is copied over with a timestamp appended to its name, then the original template is deleted and the modified template is renamed to the original name.)

If a template is deleted in the source folder or catalog, it is not deleted in the subscription folders and catalogs by default. If you want templates to be deleted automatically, select the Remove entities if deleted at publisher option while subscribing to the published folder or catalog.

If you select this option, note that if you unsubscribe from the published folder or catalog, if the published folder or catalog is unpublished, or if the cloud that contains the published folder or catalog is deleted, all corresponding templates in your subscription folder will be deleted.

Do not specify a folder or catalog that has pre-existing content in it as the destination folder or catalog for your subscription. This will avoid conflicts if any of the templates in the folder to which you are subscribing have the same name as pre-existing data in your subscription folder. Also, do not add other content to a subscription folder later. vCloud Connector assumes the subscription folder is solely under its management and might replace or delete content in it.

The vSphere folders or vCloud Director catalogs to which you want to subscribe must have been published to the Content Library.

1

In the Browser panel, select Content Library.

The Inventory panel displays a Catalogs table which lists all published catalogs and folders.

2

To view the templates contained in a folder or catalog, select it in the Catalogs table.

The Templates table that appears below the Catalogs table displays the contents of the selected folder or catalog.

3

In the Catalogs table, select the catalog or folder to which you want to subscribe.

4

Click the Subscribe icon (subscribe) at the top of the Inventory panel.

The Subscribe Wizard appears.

5

If you want templates to be deleted from your subscription folder or catalog if they are deleted in the published catalog, select Remove entities if deleted at publisher.

6

Select the cloud to which you want to copy the templates.

7

If your destination cloud is a vSphere cloud, do the following.

a

Select the folder to which you want to copy the templates, then click Next.

Specify an empty folder and do not add other content to it after you subscribe. vCloud Connector assumes that the folder is under its management and might replace or delete content in it.

b

Select a cluster, host or resource pool, then click Next.

c

Select the virtual disk format and a datastore, then click Next.

d

Select the frequency at which you want the subscription folder to be synchronized with the published folder. You can specify either the interval, in hours, or a custom schedule indicating the specific days and times at which you want the folder to be synchronized.

e

In the Ready to complete page, review your selections and click Finish.

8

If your destination cloud is a vCloud Director cloud, do the following.

a

Select the catalog to which you want to copy the templates, then click Next.

Specify an empty catalog and do not add other content to it after you subscribe. vCloud Connector assumes that the catalog is under its management and might replace or delete content in it.

b

Select a virtual datacenter, then click Next.

c

Select the frequency at which you want the subscription folder to be synchronized with the published folder. You can specify either the interval, in hours, or a custom schedule indicating the specific days and times at which you want the folder to be synchronized.

d

In the Ready to complete page, review your selections, then click Finish.

The templates are copied to the subscription folder or catalog. You can monitor the progress of the copy task in the Tasks panel. To view detailed, up-to-date data transfer status, place your cursor over the task. See Monitor Copy Tasks for more information about copy tasks.

Note that it may take some time for the templates to be copied, depending on the number of templates being copied and their size. vCloud Connector allows 10 concurrent tasks per cloud by default. You can choose to increase the maximum number of concurrent tasks. See Increase Maximum Concurrent Tasks in Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector.

In the Content Library, a checkmark appears in the Subscribed column for the folder or catalog, indicating that you have subscribed to it. The Subscriber # is also incremented.

In the Browser panel, the subscription folder or catalog displays a Subscribed icon (subscribed folder), which indicates that it is a subscription folder.

Your subscription folder or catalog will be automatically synchronized with the source folder or catalog at the interval or time that you specified. You can also synchronize the folders at any time with the Sync now command.

Reload your subscription folder in the Browser panel to see the templates in it.