Shadow virtual machines support linked clones of virtual machines that are associated with vApp templates across vCenter datacenters and datastores.

A shadow virtual machine is an exact copy of the original virtual machine that vCloud Director creates on the datacenter and datastore where a linked clone is created. See Fast Provisioning of Virtual Machines.


  1. Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Organizations in the left pane.
  2. Right-click the organization name and select Open.
  3. Click Catalogs.
  4. On the vApp Templates tab, double-click the vApp template to open it.
  5. Click the Shadow VMs tab.


vCloud Director shows a list of shadow virtual machines associated with the vApp template. This list includes the name in vCenter of each shadow virtual machine, the datastore that each shadow virtual machine exists on, and the vCenter server that the shadow virtual machine belongs to.