Create and Manage Catalogs

A vCloud Director catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files. Users can access vApp templates and media files that they own or that are shared with them. 

In vCloud Director there is a possibility to make a catalog public. When catalog is public all organizations will see the catalog to deploy vApps from. Administrators can access a published catalog and copy its vApp templates to a catalog in their organization. They can then share the organization catalog with other members of their organization so that they can use the vApp templates and media files. 

OnApp provides an ability to import vApp catalogs from vCloud Director and use them for vApp creation. 

You can create, edit or delete a vApp catalog via the OnApp Control Panel. The action will be synchronized with vCloud Director and a new catalog will be created or deleted in vCloud Director. Also you can save a vApp to a catalog as a vApp template.

View Catalogs



To view your list of vApp catalogs:

  1. Go to your Control Panel  > Catalogs menu.
  2. On the screen that appears, you will see the catalogs imported from the vCloud Director and their details:
    • Label - the name of the catalog
    • User Group - the user group to which the catalog is assigned
    • Resource Pool - the resource pool that is used by the catalog 
    • Organization - the organization to which the catalog is assigned 
    • vApp Templates - the number of vApp templates that the catalog includes
    • Media - the number of media files that the catalog includes
    • Published - whether this catalog is published or not. The  icon appears next to catalogs that are published, i.e. shared between all organizations. An  icon appears next to catalogs that are shared only between certain organizations or users.
    • Actions - click the button if you want to Edit or Delete the catalog

Click the catalog label to view the list of assigned templates and medial files. 


Create Catalog


To create a new vApp catalog:

  1. Go to your Control Panel Catalogs menu.
  2. Click the New Catalog button.
  3. Set the following parameters:
    • Label - specify the label of a new  catalog 
    • Description - add description of the catalog
    • Organization - select the organization this catalog will be added to
    • Resource Pool - choose the resource pool this catalog will be assigned to
    • Data Store - choose the data store this catalog will be assigned to
  4. Click the Submit button.


Edit Catalog


To edit a vApp catalog:

  1. Go to your Control Panel Catalogs menu.
  2. Click the Actions button next to the catalog you want to edit and click Edit.
  3. Edit the following parameters:
    • Label - the label of a catalog 
    • Description - add description of the catalog
  4. Click the Submit button.


Delete Catalog



To delete a vApp catalog:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click the Actions button next to the catalog you want to delete and click Delete.
  3. Confirm the deletion.



View Media Library



Media library is a part of a catalog, which contains different file types for their further usage. 

  • Currently only ISO files can be uploaded to Media library.
  • Ensure that the Media permissions are on before enabling this option. For more information refer to the Permissions section.

To view the Media library:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click the label of a catalog you are interested in. You will see the catalog details (label, user group. amount of vApp templates and media files which this catalog contains).
  3. Click the Media tab.
  4. You will see the list of available media files together with their details:
    • Label - the name of media file
    • Status - the status of media file
    • Image Type - the type of media file (ISO)
    • Resource Pool - the label of resource pool where media file is stored
    • Size - the size of media file
    • Created on - the date of media file creation
    • Actions - you can either edit media file (change label) or delete file

You can attach an ISO file from the media library to the VS. For details refer to the Manage vCloud Director VSs section of this guide.


Add File to Media Library



To add file to Media library:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click the label of a catalog you are interested in. You will see the catalog details ( label, user group. amount of vApp templates and media files which this catalog contains).
  3. Click the Media tab. You will see the list of available media files together with their details.
  4. Click the "+" button in the upper right corner of the section or the Upload Media button.
  5. Enter a name for the file you wish to upload and click Next.
  6. Click the Choose File button and indicate the path from where the file will be uploaded. You can add only one file at a time.
  7. Click the Upload button to add the file or click Cancel to select another file.
  8. Click Submit to finish the process.