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.

Repeat this procedure three times for each of the VM templates in the content library.

VM Template Name

Guest OS


Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)


Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)


Red Hat Enterprise Server 6 (64-bit)


  1. Log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui .
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. From the Home menu, select 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. Enter the folder name as VM Templates and click OK
  6. From the Home menu, select Content Libraries.
  7. Click sfo01-w01cl-vra01 > Templates.
  8. Right-click the VM Template windows-2012r2-64 and click New VM from This Template.

    The New Virtual Machine from Content Library wizard opens.

  9. On the Select a name and folder page, use the same template name.  

    You use the same template name to create a common service catalog that works across different vCenter Server instances within your data center environment.

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

    vRealize Automation changes the network according to the blueprint configuration.

  15. On the Ready to complete page, review the configurations that you have 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 the VM templates in the content library.