Create and Manage vApp Templates

A VMware Cloud Director vApp template is a virtual server image that is loaded with an operating system, applications, and data. These templates ensure that virtual servers are consistently configured across an entire organization.

vApp templates are added to vApp catalogs.

You can add a vApp template to a vApp catalog via the OnApp Control Panel. It will be synchronized with VMware Cloud Director and a new vApp template will be added to the corresponding vApp catalog in VMware Cloud Director.

View vApp Template



To view a vApp template:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click a label of a vApp catalog.
  3. Click a label of a vApp template.
  4. On the screen that appears, you will see the following details about the vApp template:
    • Label - the label of the vApp template
    • Description -the description of the vApp template
    • Virtual Servers - the list of virtual servers that are built from the template
    • Activity Log - the activity log of the virtual servers


Create vApp Template



To create vApp template:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click a label of a vApp catalog.
  3. On the screen that appears, click the "+" button or the Upload vApp Template button.
  4. Specify the vApp template's label and click Next.
  5. Specify the following parameters:

    • File - click the Choose File button to upload a template. Make sure to select all the files in the archive for the template. 
      or
    • File URL - indicate the route, from where the template will be uploaded

      You can upload the following vApp template formats: OVF and OVA. Be aware that files inside OVA should not be archived, otherwise, the OVA upload will fail. Each template that you upload to CP should have a unique name.

  6. Click Submit.


View vApp Templates Library




To view the vApp templates library:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > 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 vApp Templates tab.
  4. You will see the list of available vApp templates together with their details:
    • Label - the name of vApp template 
    • Virtual Servers - number of VSs that run on the vApp template
    • Actions -  you can assign system service add-ons to the template and manage them and delete the template

Manage vApp Template System Service Add-ons 




To manage system service add-ons of a vApp template:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > 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 vApp Templates tab.
  4. Next to the required template, click the Actions button and select the Manage System Service Add-ons option.
  5. The screen that follows shows details of all the system service add-ons in the cloud:
    • The left pane shows the list of available system service add-ons organized into groups. Click the arrow button next to a group to expand the list of add-ons assigned to it.
    • The right pane displays the list of virtual servers assigned to this vApp, which the system service add-ons can be assigned to. 

Assign system service add-on to vApp template

Use drag and drop feature to assign system service add-on to a vApp template:

  1. Click the arrow button in front of the required system service add-on group to unfold it.
  2. Select the required system service add-on in the left pane and hold it down with the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the system service add-on up to the right pane and release the mouse button to drop and add the add-on to the required virtual server assigned to this vApp.

Unassign system service add-on from  vApp template

To unassign a system service add-on:

  1. Click the arrow button in front of the required virtual server to view the list of system service add-on assigned to it.
  2. Click the Delete button next to the system service add-on you want to unassign.


Delete vApp Template



To delete vApp template:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Catalogs menu.
  2. Click a label of a vApp catalog.
  3. On the screen that appears, you will see the list of vApp templates added to this vApp catalog.
  4. Click the Actions button next to the template you want to delete and click Delete.
  5. Confirm the deletion.