A system administrator can place a vApp in maintenance mode to prevent non-administrator users from changing the state of the vApp. This is useful, for example, when you want to back up a vApp using a third-party backup solution.

When a vApp is in maintenance mode, non-system administrator users cannot perform any actions that modify the state of the vApp or its virtual machine. They can view information about the vApp and its virtual machines and access the virtual machine consoles.

Placing a vApp in maintenance mode does not affect any currently running tasks that involve the vApp.


You must be logged in to vCloud Director as a system administrator.


  1. Click the Manage & Monitor tab and click Organizations in the left pane.
  2. Right-click the organization name and select Open.
  3. Click the My Cloud tab and click vApps in the left pane.
  4. Right-click the vApp name and select Enter Maintenance Mode.
  5. Click Yes.


The status of the vApp changes to In Maintenance Mode. The vApp remains in maintenance mode until you select Exit Maintenance Mode.