Subscriptions enable you to publish library items to a subscriber whenever you want. Create a subscription for a publisher library to control the distribution of templates to the subscriber.

When you create a subscription, you can link the publisher library to an existing subscribed library or create a new subscribed library. Creating a subscription to a new subscribed library triggers automatic synchronization. Creating a subscription to an existing library does not trigger automatic synchronization. If you create a subscription to an existing library, the synchronization happens when you publish an item or the entire library.

When you create a subscription to a new subscribed library and you select the option to download library content only when needed, only the metadata for the publisher library contents is downloaded to the associated storage. When the subscriber needs to use a library item, you either publish the item to the subscriber or the subscriber synchronizes the item to download its content to their local storage. For more information about synchronizing an entire library or a library item, see Managing a Subscribed Library.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that publishing is enabled for the library.
  • Required privilege: Content library.Create a subscription for a published library on the content library for which you create a subscription.

Procedure

  1. Select Menu > Content Libraries > .
  2. Right-click a local library and select New Subscription.
    The Create Subscription wizard starts.
  3. Select your task.
    Task Steps
    Create a new subscription to a new subscribed library
    1. On the Select subscription type page, select the Create a new subscription to a new Subscriber library radio button and click Next.
    2. On the Configure subscription page, configure the subscription and click Next.
      • Select a vCenter Server instance to create the subscribed library in.
      • Enter a name and description for the new subscribed library.
      • Select the download method for the new subscribed library.
    3. On the Select folder page, select a location for the library contents and click Next.
    4. On the Select compute resource page, select the compute resource for the subscribed library and click Next.
    5. On the Select storage page, select a storage location for the subscribed library items and click Next.
    6. On the Select network page, select a network for the synchronization of the subscribed library items and click Next.
    7. On the Review page, review the configuration and click Finish.
    Create a new subscription to an existing subscribed library
    1. On the Select subscription type page, select the Create a new subscription to an existing Subscriber library radio button and click Next.
    2. On the Configure subscription page, configure the subscription and click Next.
      1. From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server instance to create the subscription in.

        A list of all libraries that are subscribed to the publisher and that are in the selected vCenter Server instance appears.

      2. Select an existing subscribed library from the list.
    3. On the Select folder page, select a location for the subscription and click Next.
    4. On the Select compute resource page, select the compute resource for the subscriber library.
    5. On the Select storage page, select where to store the contents of the subscriber and click Next.
    6. On the Select network page, select a network for the synchronization of the subscribed library items use and click Next.
    7. On the Review page, review the configuration and click Finish.

Results

A new subscription is created. When you go to the Subscriptions tab of the local library, you can view a list of all existing subscriptions for the library.