To add your custom templates to vCloud Air, you can copy them from your on-premise vSphere or vCloud Director instance to vCloud Air with vCloud Connector. You can then use your custom templates to create virtual machines in vCloud Air.

Obtain the URL of the vCloud Connector multi-tenant node in vCloud Air. The multi-tenant node is installed by VMware.

In the vCloud Director instance underlying your vCloud Air cloud instance, create a catalog to store the templates. If you have a Dedicated Cloud instance and you want to make the templates available to all virtual data centers in the instance, create a master catalog.

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Install a vCloud Connector server in your on-premise vSphere or vCloud Director instance.

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Install a vCloud Connector node in every vSphere or vCloud Director instance from which you want to copy templates.

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Register the nodes with the vCloud Connector server.

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Register the vCloud Air vCloud Connector multi-tenant node with your vCloud Connector server.

For Dedicated Cloud instances, register the multi-tenant node multiple times, once for each virtual data center in the Dedicated Cloud instance. Each virtual data center appears as a separate cloud in vCloud Connector. Ensure that you at least add the virtual data center to which you want to copy templates.

For Virtual Private Cloud instances, you only need to register the multi-tenant node once.

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Register the vCloud Connector user interface with vSphere Client.

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Start vCloud Connector in vSphere Client and add clouds to it.

All vSphere and vCloud Director instances to which you added nodes and that you registered with the vCloud Connector server appear in the list of clouds. The vCloud Air virtual data centers also appear in the list of clouds.

Add all vSphere and vCloud Director instances from which you want to copy templates.

Add the vCloud Air virtual data centers to which you want to copy templates.

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Copy templates from your vSphere or vCloud Director instances to your vCloud Air virtual data center.

Note

You must have created a catalog in the underlying vCloud Director instance that you can use as the destination catalog.

The templates that you copied appear in the Templates tab of your virtual data center in the vCloud Air plug-in. All templates are copied as vApp templates. A virtual machine template from vSphere is copied as a vApp template containing one virtual machine.