You can create a content library in the vSphere Client, and populate it with templates. You can use the content library templates to deploy virtual machines or vApps in your virtual environment.


Required privileges: Content library > Create local library or Content library > Create subscribed library on the vCenter Server instance where you want to create the library.


  1. Open the New Content Library wizard.



    vSphere Client

    1. Select Menu > Content Libraries.

    2. Click the Create a new content library icon (Open the Create a new content library wizard).

    vSphere Web Client

    1. Select Home > Content Libraries.

    2. On the Objects tab, click the Create a new content library icon.

  2. On the Name and location page, enter a name and select a vCenter Server instance for the content library. Click Next.
  3. On the Configure content library page, select the type of content library that you want to create and click Next.



    Local content library

    A local content library is accessible only in the vCenter Server instance where you create it by default.

    1. Select Publish externally to make the content of the library available to other vCenter Server instances.

    2. Select Optimize for syncing over HTTP to optimize synchronization.

    3. Select Enable authentication and set a password if you want to require a password for accessing the content library.

    Subscribed content library

    Creates a content library that subscribes to published content library. Use this option to take advantage of already existing content libraries.

    You can sync the subscribed library with the published library to see up-to-date content, but you cannot add or remove content from the subscribed library. Only an administrator of the published library can add, modify, and remove contents from the published library.

    Provide the following information to subscribe to a library:

    1. In the Subscription URL text box, enter the URL address of the published library.

    2. If authentication is enabled on the published library, select Enable authentication and enter the publisher password.

    3. Select a download method for the contents of the subscribed library.

      • If you want to download a local copy of all the items in the published library immediately after subscribing to it, select immediately.

      • If you want to save storage space, select when needed. You download only the metadata for the items in the published library.

        If you need to use an item, synchronize the item or the entire library to download its content.

    4. If prompted, accept the SSL certificate thumbprint.

      The SSL certificate thumbprint is stored on your system until you delete the subscribed content library from the inventory.

  4. On the Add storage page, select a storage location for the content library contents and click Next.



    vSphere Client

    Select a datastore.

    vSphere Web Client

    Select a datastore, or enter the path to a remote storage location where to keep the contents of the library.

  5. On the Ready to Complete page, review the details and click Finish.