vRealize Automation cannot directly access virtual machine templates in the content library. You must create a virtual machine using the virtual machine templates, then convert the template in vCenter Server.

About this task

Perform this procedure on all vCenter Server compute instances that you add to vRealize Automation, including the first vCenter Server compute instance.

Create virtual machines from the following Linux and Windows VM templates in the content libraries.

VM Template Name

Guest OS


Red Hat Enterprise Server 6 (64-bit)


Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)


  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. Navigate to Home > VMs and Templates and expand the sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local vCenter Server.
  3. Right-click the sfo01-m01dc.
  4. data center tree control and select New Folder > New VM and Template Folder
  5. Create a new folder and label it VM Templates
  6. Navigate to Home > Content Libraries and click SFO01-ContentLib01 > Templates.
  7. Right-click the VM template and click New VM from This Template.

    The New Virtual Machine from Content Library wizard opens.

  8. On the Select name and location page, use the same template name.

    Use the same template name to create a common service catalog that works across different vCenter Server instances within your datacenter environment.

  9. Select VM Templates as the folder for this virtual machine, and click Next.
  10. On the Select a resource page, select the compute cluster that you want to deploy the virtual machine to.
  11. On the Review details page, verify the template details and click Next.
  12. On the Select storage page, select the sfo01-m01-lib01 datastore and select Thin Provision from the Select virtual disk format drop-down menu.

  13. On the Select networks page, select VM Network as the Destination Network, and click Next.

    vRealize Automation will change the network according to the blueprint configuration.

  14. On the Ready to complete page, review the configurations that you made for the virtual machine, and click Finish.

    A new task for creating the virtual machine appears in the Recent Tasks pane. After the task is complete, the new virtual machine is created.

  15. Repeat this procedure for the other VM Templates in the content library.