If you develop virtual machines (VMs) or vApps on-premises, you might need to upload those VM images into the cloud for templatization. In addition, if a VM must be built in the cloud, there might be a need for a unique ISO operating system.

You import VMs and media by uploading them from the Admin UI.


  1. Open the VMware Learning Platform Admin UI and verify that Advanced Options is selected.
  2. Select Lab Management > Lab Builder to navigate to the Lab Templates page.
  3. Click the horizontal ellipsis icon next to the New Lab Template button to open a drop-down menu.
  4. Select Upload VMs/ISOs.
  5. On the Upload VMs/ISOs form, select a vCloud Director catalog destination and click Attach Files to select a file to upload.

    You can upload OVF, OVA, VMDK, or ISO file types.

    The Upload VMs/ISOs command transfers your content to your VMware vCloud Director catalog. The ISO files are available in VMware Learning Platform under Cloud Management > Cloud Media. (You can delete uploaded ISOs from here.)

    The OVF and OVA files are available in VMware Cloud Director under vApp Templates > Libraries. They are presented to you in VMware Learning Platform as Published Lab Templates, meaning that they are ready to be used.