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 for each of the VM templates in the content library.

VM Template Name Guest OS
windows-server-2016 Windows Server 2016
windows-server-2016-sql-server-2017 Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2017
ubuntu-server-1804 Ubuntu Server 18.04


  1. In a Web browser, log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    Settings Value
    URL https://lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local/ui
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the VMs and templates inventory, expand the lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree.
  3. Right-click the lax01-w01dc data center and select New folder > New VM and template folder
  4. Enter VM Templates as the folder name and click OK
  5. In the Content Libraries inventory, click lax01-w01cl-vra01 and click the Templates tab.
  6. Create the Windows Server 2016 virtual machine.
    1. Right-click the windows-server-2016 template and select New VM from this template.
      The  New virtual machine from content library wizard opens.
    2. On the Select a name and folder page, in the Virtual machine name text box, enter windows-server-2016.
      To create a common service catalog that works across different vCenter Server instances within your data center, you use the VM template name as the virtual machine name.
    3. On the Select a name and folder page, expand the lax01-w01dc data center, select the VM Templates folder, and click Next.
    4. On the Select a compute resource page, expand the lax01-w01-comp01 cluster, select the lax01-w01rp-user-vm resource pool, and click Next.
    5. On the Review details page, verify the template details and click Next.
    6. On the Select storage page, configure the following settings and click Next.
      Setting Value
      Select virtual disk format Thin provision
      VM storage policy Datastore default
      Datastore lax01-w01-lib01
    7. 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.
    8. On the Ready to complete page, review the virtual machine configuration and click Finish.
  7. Repeat this procedure for all VM templates in the content library.