You can copy templates from one cloud to another. You can choose to automatically deploy a template after copying it.

All templates are copied to vCloud Director-based clouds as vApp templates.

You can start multiple copy tasks at the same time. The tasks are executed concurrently. A maximum of 5 concurrent copy tasks are allowed for on-premise nodes, that is, on-premise clouds. If either the source or destination cloud is on premise and already has 5 copy tasks running concurrently, you cannot copy. This concurrent copy task limit does not apply to public clouds. See "Maximum Number of Concurrent Copies" in How Objects are Copied for more information.

See How Objects are Copied for more information about the Copy command.

Note

You cannot copy objects that have an ISO file attached.

You need a catalog for which you have write permissions in the destination cloud.

If you intend to select the Enable Guest Customization option for the object you are copying, ensure that both the object and the destination cloud have the latest version of VMware Tools installed. If you are deploying a Windows virtual machine, also ensure that the latest version of Sysprep is installed.

Increase the staging storage for the vCloud Connector nodes associated with the source and destination clouds. Staging storage equal to or greater than the size of the object you are copying is recommended. See "Configure vCloud Connector Node Allocated Storage" in Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector for more information.

Ensure that the object you are copying does not have an ISO file attached.

1

In the Browser panel, expand the Clouds tree and select the cloud that contains the template you want to copy.

The Inventory panel displays all the contents of the cloud. You can narrow the results by using Search or by expanding the cloud hierarchy further in the Browser panel and selecting a sub-folder.

2

In the Inventory panel, click the Templates tab, then click the template you want to copy.

3

Click the Copy icon at the top of the panel or select Copy from the Actions drop-down menu.

4

Select the destination cloud to which to move the template.

5

Type a name and description for the vApp template in the destination cloud. If you do not specify a name, the default name is the name of the source template with the prefix Copy of.

Note

You cannot use the following characters in the name: % . # & < >

Note

Do not use a backslash (\) or double quotes (") character in the destination name.

6

Select a catalog in which to store the template, then click Next.

You must have write permissions for the catalog.

7

Select a virtual datacenter, then click Next.

8

Select the appropriate options in the Deployment Options page.

Option

Description

Lossless copy

Select this option if you want to copy a vApp template from a source vCloud Director cloud to a destination vCloud Director cloud and you want to preserve the network configuration of the vApp, that is, its firewall and NAT rules and the vApp name. Lossless copy is applicable only if the source and destination vCloud Director clouds have identical Organization, virtual data center, and Organization Network names.

Note

When you select the Lossless copy option, you cannot select the deploy option. Deploy a vApp from the template manually in vCloud Director. You cannot deploy it from vCloud Connector.

Deploy vApp after copy

Deploys a vApp from the template after copying the template to the destination cloud.

If you select this option, additional settings appear.

Network connection mode: Select how you want the vApp to be deployed in the destination vCloud Director cloud, in fenced mode or direct mode. Fencing allows identical virtual machines in different vApps to be powered on without conflict by isolating the MAC and IP addresses of the virtual machines. For more information, see the VMware vCloud Director documentation.

Select network configuration: Select a network for the vApp in the destination vCloud Director cloud.

Guest customization: If you enable guest customization, the computer name and network settings configured for the virtual machine are applied to its guest operating system when the virtual machine is powered on. You can also set the following options for the guest operating system.

Change SID

Applies to Windows virtual machines only. Sysprep is run to change the Windows SID. On Windows NT, Sidgen is run.

Password settings for the administrator account

For more information about guest customization, see the VMware vSphere Documentation Center and the VMware vCloud Director Documentation Center.

Note

If you enable guest customization, ensure that you have the latest version of VMware Tools installed on both the object you are copying and the destination cloud. If you are deploying a Windows virtual machine, also ensure that you have the latest version of Sysprep installed.

Power on vApp after deployment

Powers on the deployed vApp.

Remove temporary vApp template in destination vCloud catalog

Removes the vApp template from the catalog in the destination cloud after deploying the vApp.

9

In the Ready to Complete page, review your selections.

Note

All selections except the transfer mode are made in the Copy wizard. The transfer mode is HTTP, HTTPS, or UDT and is determined by the options configured in the source and destination vCloud Connector nodes. If you are using the default settings on both nodes, the transfer mode is HTTPS. See Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector for more information.

10

Click Validate for a pre-check of your copy selections and configurations.

Warnings or errors found are displayed at the top of the page.

11

Make the required changes.

If only warnings were found, you can proceed with copy. However, resolving the issues helps you avoid copy failures.

If errors were found, you must resolve them before you can proceed with copy.

See also Copy Validation.

12

Click Finish.

To monitor the progress of your copy, see the Tasks panel on the right. A copy task appears. Place your cursor over the task to view detailed, up-to-date data transfer status. See Monitor Copy Tasks for more information.

The template is copied, and deployed if you selected the deploy option. You might need to reload the destination catalog to see the vApp template.