Actions are changes that you can make to provisioned resources. The actions are used to manage the life cycle of the resources.

The options on the Action menu for a provisioned item include the actions that were specified on the blueprint and might include custom menu operations created by your service architects. The available actions depend on how your business group manager or tenant administrator configured the entitlement that contains the resource on which the actions run.

Table 1. Action Menu Options


Resource Type


Associate Floating IP


Associate a floating IP address with a machine.

This action applies only to OpenStack.

Cancel Reconfigure


Cancel a running reconfiguration action.

Change lease

Deployment and Machine

Change the number of days.

If you do not provide a value, the lease does not expire.

If you run the deployment change lease action, the lease is changed on all the resources included in the deployment.

Change Owner


Change the owner of all the deployment and all the included resources.

Business group managers and support users can change the ownership of a deployment.

Connect by using VMRC


Connect to the virtual machine using the VMware Remote Console.

Connect to remote console


Connect to the selected machine by using VMware Remote Console.

Connect using Console Ticket


Connect to the virtual machine using a console ticket for a VMware Remote Console connection.

This action applies only to OpenStack and KVM.

Connect using ICA


Connect to the Citrix machine using the Independent Computing Architecture.

Connect using RDP


Connect to the machine by using Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol.

Connect using SSH


Connect to the selected machine by using SSH.

To use this action, the Machine.SSH custom property must be include and set to true in the blueprint's machine type component in either a property group or individual custom property.

Connect using Virtual Desktop


Connect to the selected machine using Microsoft virtual desktop.

Create Snapshot

Virtual Machine

Create a snapshot of the virtual machine.

The availability of the create snapshot option might be limited by the allowed number of snapshots. If you are allowed two snapshots and you used them, the option is not available until you delete a snapshot.

Delete Snapshot

Virtual Machine

Delete a snapshot of the virtual machine.


Cloud Machine, Deployment, Software Component, Virtual Machine, and VMware NSX Edge

Destroy a provisioned resource.

You can immediately destroy a provisioned resource. Otherwise, machines are destroyed when their lease or their archival period ends.

Destroying components of a deployment is not recommended best practice. It is better to destroy the deployment.

The Destroy action is not available for the following deployment situations:

  • physical machine deployments

  • deployments with an NSX existing network or NSX existing security resource

  • deployments with an NSX on-demand load balancer resource

Because an NSX load balancer is property of an on-demand NSX edge, when an NSX edge is destroyed, the load balancer resource is also destroyed and resources are released. When a machine tier that is load balanced is destroyed, it is removed from the load balancer pool on the respective NSX edge.

If you included an XaaS blueprint in a composite blueprint, the destroy deployment action will not destroy the XaaS component. You must run an XaaS destroy action to remove the XaaS component.

Additionally, XaaS are not destroyed by an expired lease. You must run an XaaS destroy action.

When destroying a deployment that contains an Amazon machine component, all EBS volumes that were added to the machine during its life cycle are detached, rather than destroyed. vRealize Automation does not provide an option for destroying the EBS volumes.

Destroy Existing Network

Existing Network

Destroy the network.

Destroy VMWare NSX Load Balancer

VMWare NSX Load Balancer

Destroy the NSX load balancer.

Destroy VMWare NSX Network

VMWare NSX Network

Destroy the NSX network.

Destroy VMWare NSX Security Group

VMWare NSX Security Group

Destroy the NSX security group.

Destroy VMWare NSX Security Tag

VMWare NSX Security Tag

Destroy the NSX security tag.

Disassociate Floating IP


Remove the floating IP from the machine.

This actions applies only to OpenStack.

Execute Reconfigure


Runs a failed reconfiguration or overrides a scheduled reconfiguration.

If you are overriding a scheduled reconfiguration, you can run the action immediately or reschedule it.


Deployment and Machine

Terminate the deployment or machine lease.

If you run the deployment expire action, the expiration date is changed on all the resources included in the deployment.

Export Certificate


Export the certificate from a Cloud machine.

Get Expiration Reminder


Downloads a calendar event file for the current lease expiration date.

Install Tools


Install VMware Tools on the vSphere virtual machine.

Power Cycle


Power off the machine, then power it back on.

Power Off


Power off the machine without shutting down the guest operating system.

Power On


Power on the machine.

if the machine was suspended, normal operation resumes from the point at which the machine was suspended.



Reboot the guest operating system on a vSphere virtual machine.

VMware Tools must be installed.



Reconfigure available machine settings.

A business group manager, support user, or machine owner can perform the following tasks on a vSphere machine:

  • Change description

  • Change CPU, memory, network, and disk settings

  • Add, edit, and delete properties

  • Reconfigure shutdown

Business group managers and support users can also change ownership of a machine.

The Reconfigure action does not allow you to change a storage reservation policy if doing so would change the storage profile on a disk.

Register VDI

Virtual Machine

Register the virtual disk image on XenServer items.



Destroy and then reprovision a machine.

Destroys the machine, then initiates the provisioning workflow to create a new machine with the same name.

When you request that a machine be reprovisioned, a known issue might cause vRealize Automation to display the reprovisioning status as Complete in the catalog, when the actual state is In Progress. After you submit a request to reprovision a machine, you can use any of the following sequences to check the status of the reprovisioned machine:

  • Infrastructure > Managed Machines

  • Items > Item Details

  • Administration > Events > Event Logs

Revert Snapshot

Virtual Machine

Revert to a previous snapshot of the machine.

At snapshot must exist to use this action.



Shut down the guest operating system and power off the machine.

To use this action, VMware Tools must be installed.



Pause the machine so that it cannot be used and does not consume any system resources other than the storage it is currently using.



Remove the machine from the inventory.

Unregistered machines are not destroyed, but they are not usable.

Unregister VDI

Virtual Machine

Unregister the virtual disk image on XenServer items.