vCloud Air - Uploading a Template to a Private Catalog

With vCloud Air, you can use templates to quickly deploy virtual machines in a virtual data center. This guide takes a look at how to create a private catalog to hold the templates and then upload a template through the Java applet.

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1. Review Public Catalogs

To review previously deployed public catalogs:

  1. If you’re not already logged in, go to and log in to vCloud Air.
  2. From the Dashboard, click the desired virtual data center.
  • In this example, we use the SHAREPOINT virtual data center.

3. On the Virtual Data Center Details screen, click Manage Catalogs in vCloud Director.

4. Once in the vCloud Director UI, go to the Catalogs screen, and then click Public Catalogs in the navigation pane.

5. Click the Public Catalog subheading to see the existing templates provided by VMware.

2. Create a Private Catalog

To create a private catalog so that you can upload your own templates to it:

  1. Return to the Catalogs tab, and then click the plus sign to open the New Catalog window.

  2. In the New Catalog window, name the catalog and then click Next.
  • In this example, the catalog is named Templates.

3. Click the Add Members button to open the Share To Users and Groups window.

4. Set sharing rules and then click OK.

  • In this example, the catalog is shared with everyone to keep things simple.

5. Back in the New Catalog window, confirm the settings and click Next.

6. Click Finish to create the Templates catalog.

3. Upload a Template to the Catalog

To upload a template to the new catalog:

  1. On the Catalogs tab, select the newly created catalog.
  • In this example, the catalog is named Templates.

2. On the vApp Templates tab, click the Upload button to open the window for the Java applet upload.

3. Complete the fields in the Java applet upload window as follows:

  • OVF package: Browse to and select the desired template. For this example, it’s the vCloud Collector Node template.
  • Name: Name the template. Here, the template is named vCCNode25.
  • Virtual data center: Verify where the template will be used. Here, it’s the SharePoint virtual data center.
  • Storage profile: Verify the storage profile. Here, there is only one.
  • Catalog: Verify where the template will be uploaded. Here, it’s the Templates catalog.

4. Click Upload.

5. In the Transfer progress window, verify that the upload has started.

  • First, the catalog item will be created, then the OVF descriptor will be transferred, and then the VMDKs will be uploaded.

6. When the upload completes, close the Transfer progress window to return to the vCloud Director UI.

7. On the vApp Templates tab, monitor the progress as the upload is transferred to the data store and imported into the catalog.