The vCloud API provides object-specific copy operations, implemented by clone actions, for media images, vApp templates, and vApps. With these operations, you can create a copy of the object in the same vDC or in another vDC in the same organization.

vCloud API copy operations support an option to delete the source object after the copy is complete. Doing so when the source and target objects are in different vDCs moves the source object to the target vDC. Doing so when the source and target objects are in the same vDC renames the source object. The vCloud API does not include an explicit move operation. When you move an object by copying it and deleting its source, an intermediate object is created in the target vDC, as part of the following sequence of events:

1

The source object is copied to an intermediate object whose name is a combination of the object name and a UUID.

2

The source object is deleted.

3

The intermediate object is renamed with the name specified for the target object in the copy request.

The cloneMedia request makes a copy of the media image referenced in the Source element of the request body. The request specifies a new name and, optionally, a new description for the copy. The request can optionally include an IsSourceDelete element whose value specifies whether the source media image is deleted after the copy is complete. If IsSourceDelete is missing from the request body or present with a value of false, the source object remains in place after the copy is complete. Setting IsSourceDelete to true effectively moves the media image.

For more information and an example, see the cloneMedia operation in the schema reference.

The cloneVAppTemplate request makes a copy of the vApp template referenced in the Source element of the request body. The request specifies a new name and, optionally, a new description for the copy. The request can optionally include an IsSourceDelete element whose value specifies whether the source vApp template is deleted after the copy is complete. If IsSourceDelete is missing from the request body or present with a value of false, the source object remains in place after the copy is complete. Setting IsSourceDelete to true effectively moves the vApp template.

For more information and an example, see the cloneVAppTemplate operation in the schema reference.

The cloneVApp request makes a copy of the vApp referenced in the Source element of the request body. The request specifies a new name and, optionally, a new description for the copy. The request can optionally include an IsSourceDelete element whose value specifies whether to delete the source vApp after the copy is complete. If IsSourceDelete is missing from the request body, or present with a value of false, the source object remains in place after the copy is complete. Setting IsSourceDelete to true effectively moves the vApp.

Note

You cannot copy or move a vApp that is deployed.

For more information and an example, see the cloneVApp operation in the schema reference.