A tenant administrator can use the VMware Learning Platform admin interface to see where shadow copies of vApps reside in storage pools in VMware vCloud Director.

You can monitor shadow copies in vCloud Director from the Cloud Shadow page.


  1. Select Cloud Management > Cloud Shadow.
  2. Optionally, you can click Refresh Shadow Information to run a shadow update.
  3. View the information you are interested in. Detailed information is available for a template when you click the arrow next to the template name.
  4. If needed you can create a replica by clicking on a value in the Replica column and following the prompts.

What to do next

Predeploy a shadow to pools that do not already have a copy of that lab, as a result reducing the wait time for the end user.