To create a private cloud environment with a product configuration file, use VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle.

Review the What is a Private Cloud information before you configure your environment.

When you are creating an environment using a JSON specification file, if the VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle locker ID for the passwords is used, you must use the respective locker ID from the current VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle. Navigate to Locker > Passwords and copy the password ID, and use it in the specification file. There is no action required for a plain text password.

When using a JSON specification file, you must update all the parameters in each node's advanced settings as required. I


  • Configure OVA settings for the products to install. See Configure product binaries.
  • Ensure that you have added a vCenter to the data center with valid credentials and that the request has completed.


  1. Log in to VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle as administrator and click Create Environment.
  2. From Data Center, select an existing data center for this environment, or click + to add a data center to VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle.
    For information about adding a data center, see Add and manage data center associations for VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle.
  3. Activate or deactivate the JSON configuration toggle, as required. When you activate the JSON configuration file, you can paste the JSON file text manually or you can import the file from your local system.
  4. (Optional) Select Join the VMware Customer Experience Program to join CEIP for this environment.

    This product participates in the VMware Customer Experience Program (CEIP). Details regarding the data collected through CEIP and the purposes for which it is used by VMware are set forth at the Trust & Assurance Center at

    You can join or quit the program later by selecting the Lifecycle Operations service and then selecting Settings > System Details. Select JOIN or QUITin the Customer Experience Program section of the System Details page.

  5. Click the Use Configuration file toggle feature.
  6. Paste the text of the product configuration JSON file into the Product Config JSON text box, and click Next.
    You can download the configuration file from the summary page to create a JSON file for the product or the solution with the latest inputs that were provided while configuring the environment.
    The create installation wizard is launched and the JSON data is populated. You can validate the data before you click submit. For more information on getting a sample JSON file, see KB article 75255.

What to do next

To monitor product installation progress, click the Home button. VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle displays installation progress for the environment under Recent Requests and on the Requests tab.