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 Servers compute clusters you add to vRealize Automation, including the first vCenter Server compute instance.

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

Table 1. VM Templates and Their Guest Operating Systems

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://lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in 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 lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local vCenter Server.
  4. Right-click the lax01-w01dc data center and select New Folder > New VM and Template Folder
  5. Create a folder and label it VM Templates.
  6. Navigate to Menu > Content Libraries.
  7. Click lax01-w01cl-vra01> Templates.
  8. Right-click the windows-2012r2-64 VM Template  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 data center environment.

  10. Expand the lax01-w01dc data center, select VM Templates as the folder for this virtual machine, and click Next.
  11. On the Select a resource page, expand cluster lax01-w01-comp01, select the lax01-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 lax01-w01-lib01 datastore and Thin Provision from the Select virtual disk format drop-down menu and click Next.
  14. On the Select networks page, select lax01-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 you made for the virtual machine, and click Finish.

    A new task for creating the virtual machine appears in the Recent Tasks pane. The new virtual machine is created after the task finishes.

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