You can use the Bulk Import feature to import one or more virtual machines to a vRealize Automation deployment. You can also use ths feature to update one or more virtual machines without the need to re-import them or to migrate machines from one environment to another.

About this task

The Bulk Import feature imports virtual machines intact with defining data such as reservation, storage path, blueprint, owner, and any custom properties. Bulk Import supports the following administrative tasks:

  • Import one or more unmanaged virtual machines so that they can be managed in a vRealize Automation deployment

  • Import one or more managed virtual machines from a vRealize Automation deployment into an upgraded deployment

  • Make a global change to a virtual machine property, such as a storage path

  • Migrate a virtual machine from one environment to another

You can execute the Bulk Import feature commands using either the vRealize Automation console or the CloudUtil command-line interface. For more information about using the CloudUtil command-line interface, see the Machine Extensibility documentation.


Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a fabric administrator and as a business group manager.