Instead of creating a vApp based on a vApp template, you can decide to create a new vApp using virtual machines from catalogs, new virtual machines, or a combination of both.

Building a vApp requires you to provide a name and optionally a description of the vApp. You can go back and add the virtual machines to the vApp at a later stage.


This operation requires the rights included in the predefined vApp Author role or an equivalent set of rights.


  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore, and select vApps from the left panel.
  2. Click Build New vApp.
  3. Enter a name and, optionally, a description for the vApp.
  4. (Optional) Search the catalog for virtual machines to add to this vApp or add a new, blank virtual machine by clicking Add Virtual Machine.
    If there are no virtual machines in the catalog, create a virtual machine and add it to the vApp.
    1. Enter the name and the computer name for the virtual machine.
      Important: The computer name can contain only alphanumeric characters and cannot consist of digits only.
    2. Select whether you want the virtual machine to power on right after it is created.
    3. Enter a meaningful description.
    4. Select how you want to deploy the virtual machine.
      Option Action
      New You deploy a new virtual machine with customizable settings.
      1. Select an Operating System family and Operating System.
      2. (Optional) Select a boot image.
      3. Select the size of the virtual machine or click Customize to enter the compute, memory, and storage settings manually.

        The size of the virtual machine can be as small, medium, or large.

      4. Specify the network settings for the virtual machine, such as network, IP mode, IP address, and primary NIC.
      From Template You deploy a virtual machine from a template that you select from the templates catalog.
    5. To add the virtual machine to the vApp click OK.
      You can see the virtual machine added to the catalog.
  5. (Optional) Repeat Step 4 for each additional virtual machine you want to create within the vApp.
  6. To complete the creation of the vApp, click Build.


The vApp is created and is in a powered-off state. When you power on the vApp, the virtual machines in it are created and powered on as well.