When you create a linked clone, you must create a snapshot of a vRealize Automation virtual machine. This snapshot requires minimal disk space, so a linked clone deployment is faster than a clone deployment.

About this task

For information about creating a machine snapshot, see Create a Snapshot from a vRealize Automation Blueprint. For related information about taking a snapshot of a VM template using vSphere Client, see VMware vSphere Documentation.



  1. Select Infrastructure > Blueprints > Blueprints.
  2. Click New Blueprint > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter) and name the blueprint. For example, name the blueprint vCAC_LinkedClone.
  3. Complete the information on the Blueprint Information tab.
  4. On the Build Information tab, select Linked Clone from the Action drop-down menu.
  5. Select a snapshot of the vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 machine.
    1. Click the Browse icon next to the Clone from text box.

      The Select Snapshot dialog box appears.

    2. Select the machine vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0 and click Next.
    3. Select the snapshot vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0_snapshot and click Next.
    4. Click OK to save your changes.

      vCAC_Clone-VFF17Y0_snapshot appears in the Clone from text box.

  6. For a Windows-based vRealize Automation blueprint, enter the customization specification name in the Customization spec text box.

    You created the customization specification as part of the vCenter Server virtual machine template preparation.

  7. Configure the Properties and Actions tabs as required and click OK to save your changes.

    The new blueprint, for example vCAC_LinkedClone, appears on the Blueprints page.

What to do next

Register the vRealize Automation blueprint configured for linked clone deployment for use in Application Services. See Register the vRealize Automation Cloud Provider and Template.