Users can provision vApps and their component machines in a virtual datacenter, based on an existing vApp template, using vCloud blueprints.

Before you can integrate vCloud Air or vCloud Director with vRealize Automation, install and configure your vCloud Air or vCloud Director instance, including setting up organizations, cloud resources, and vApp templates.

If you intend to use a vCloud Air endpoint, set up an account with the vCloud Air support organization and gather account information such as address and organizational unit for use when defining the vCloud endpoint.

The vApp request owner should be a member of the domain associated with the Organization vDC on which the vApp is provisioned. If the request owner is not a member of the domain, an owner value is not assigned. The owner must exist in the organization.

For vCloud Director, the organization administrator or system administrator role is required for endpoint credentials. For running data collection on the endpoint, these access rights are also required. For consumers in a business group, if the user account does not exist, vCloud Director will perform a lookup in the associated LDAP or Active Directory and create the account if the user exists in the identity store.

For vCloud Air, the infrastructure administrator or account administrator role is required for endpoint credentials. For consumers in a business group, if the user account does not exist, vCloud Air will create it. For related information about vCloud Air user management, see vCloud Air documentation.

vCloud Director user roles in an organization do not need to correspond with roles in the vRealize Automation business group. For example, unless the vRealize Automation business group manager or tenant administrator needs to create templates in vCloud Director, they do not need vApp author permissions to create or edit vApp (vCloud) blueprints in vRealize Automation.

You must complete the following administrative tasks before vApp provisioning:

  • Configure cloud resources, including virtual datacenters and networks, to provision vApps.

  • Create vApp templates for vApps to provision.

For information about configuring vCloud Air or vCloud Director, see vCloud Air or vCloud Director documentation.