Create & 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.

The catalogs functionality is available for users with the following roles:

  • vCloud Catalog Author

  • vCloud Organization Administrator



View Catalogs



To view your list of vApp catalogs:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > 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. The 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 > Cloud > 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 - choose 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 > Cloud > 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 > Cloud > 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


This functionality is available for users with the following roles:

  • vCloud Catalog Author

  • vCloud vApp Author

  • vCloud vApp User

  • vCloud Organization Administrator

  • vCloud Console Access Only

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

Currently only ISO files can be uploaded to Media library.


To view the Media 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 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 > 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 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 and fill in the following:
    • Label - specify a name for a media file
    • File - click the Choose File button and indicate the route, from where the file will be uploaded
  5. Click Upload Media.