vRealize Automation cannot directly access virtual machine templates in the content library. You must create a virtual machine using the virtual machine templates in the content library, then convert the template in vCenter Server. Perform this procedure on all vCenter Server compute clusters that you add to vRealize Automation, including the first vCenter Server compute instance.

About this task

Repeat this procedure three times for each of the VM Templates in the content library. The table below lists the VM Templates and the guest OS each template uses to create a virtual machine.

VM Template Name

Guest OS


Red Hat Enterprise Server 6 (64-bit)


Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)


Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)


  1. Log in to the Compute 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.
  3. Expand the sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local vCenter Server.
  4. Right-click the sfo01-w01dc data center 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
  7. Click  > Templates.
  8. Right-click the VM Template redhat6-enterprise-64 and click New VM from This Template.

    The New Virtual Machine from Content Library wizard opens.

  9. 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.

  10. Select VM Templates as the folder for this virtual machine, and click Next.
  11. On the Select a resource page, expand cluster sfo01-w01-comp01 and select resouce pool sfo01-w01rp-user-vm.
  12. On the Review details page, verify the template details and click Next.
  13. On the Select storage page, select the sfo01-w01-lib01 datastore and select Thin Provision from the Select virtual disk format drop-down menu.
  14. On the Select networks page, select sfo01-w01-vds01-management for the Destination Network, and click Next.

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

  15. 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.

  16. Repeat this procedure for all of the VM Templates in the content library.