A newly created organization has no catalogs in it. After an organization administrator or catalog author creates a catalog, members of the organization can use it as a destination for uploads or a source of subscription-based content.

Organizations use catalogs to store vApp templates and media files. Organization members use catalog items as the building blocks to create their own vApps.

Catalog Contents

Catalogs contain references to vApp templates and media images. You can configure a catalog in several different ways:

  • as a repository for local content that can remain private to the catalog owner or can be shared with other users, groups, or organizations in your cloud

  • as a source of published content, to which other clouds can subscribe.

  • as a local repository for content published by another cloud or any Web site that hosts a VMware Content Subscription Protocol (VCSP) endpoint.

An organization administrator or catalog owner controls catalog sharing. Organization administrators in organizations that have permission to publish catalogs control publication and subscription options for catalogs in their organization. A system administrator can enable background synchronization of catalogs with external sources and set background synchronization schedules to regulate consumption of network bandwidth by this activity.

Access to Catalogs

A catalog initially grants full control to its owner and no access to other users. The catalog owner, an organization administrator, or a catalog author can grant catalog access to other members of the organization, individually or collectively. Organization administrators and system administrators can share a catalog with other organizations in the cloud.