After you create a subscribed catalog, you can synchronize it with the original catalog to see if there are any changes. For example, if the metadata of the original catalog changes, when you perform the synchronization, the metadata of the subscribed catalog is updated.

Starting with VMware Cloud Director 10.4.2, you can create, copy, and edit VMs with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) devices. There are certain considerations that you must take into account when working with vApp templates.
  • When the vApp templates in the catalog have TPM devices, and the templates were captured with the Copy option for TPM Provisioning, you cannot publish the vApp templates and they are not available for synchronization.
  • When the vApp templates in the catalog have TPM devices, and the templates were captured with the Replace option for TPM Provisioning, you can publish the vApp templates and they are available for synchronization. When you instantiate such vApp templates, the VMs with TPM devices get new TPM devices during the instantiation.
Note: VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 and earlier do not support the synchronization of templates with TPM devices.


  • This operation requires the rights included in the predefined Organization Administrator role or an equivalent set of rights.

  • You must have created a subscribed catalog.
  • The system administrator must grant your organization the permission to subscribe to external catalogs.


  1. In the top navigation bar, click Libraries and in the left panel, select Catalogs.
    The list of catalogs appears in a grid view.
  2. Click the list bar (Context menu) on the left of a subscribed catalog, and select Sync.
    If the catalog is not a subscribed one, the option is dimmed. During the catalog synchronization process, the catalog status appears as SYNCING.
    The subscribed catalog is synchronized with the original one. Individual catalog item synchronization tasks that are part of the catalog synchronization workflow appear in the Recent Tasks pane. For each catalog item synchronization task, the in-progress task step also appears in the Recent Tasks panel. Clicking on the catalog item synchronization task opens a card with Task Steps details. If a file transfer takes place during the catalog item sync, a list of these files appears in the File Transfers tab next to Task Steps.