You can use the Bulk Imports feature to import, update, or migrate virtual machines to VMware Aria Automation. Bulk Imports streamlines the management of multiple machines in multiple environments.

Bulk Imports creates a CSV file that contains defining virtual machine data such as reservation, storage path, blueprint, owner, and any custom properties. You use the CSV file to import virtual machines to your VMware Aria Automation environment. Bulk Imports supports the following administrative tasks:

  • Import one or more unmanaged virtual machines so that they can be managed in a VMware Aria Automation environment.
  • Make a global change to a virtual machine property, such as a storage path.
  • Migrate a virtual machine from one VMware Aria Automation environment to another.
Note: Only vCloud Director and vSphere are supported for bulk import. Setting the filter to another endpoint type does not generate data in the CSV file.

You can execute the Bulk Imports feature commands using either the VMware Aria Automation console or the CloudUtil command-line interface. For more information about using the CloudUtil command-line interface, see the Life Cycle Extensibility documentation.


  • Log in to VMware Aria Automation as a fabric administrator and as a business group manager.

  • If you are importing virtual machines that use static IP addresses, prepare a properly configured address pool.