You can add container network information to a vRealize Automation blueprint that contains container components.

You can configure containers in Containers for vRealize Automation by using the vRealize Automation Containers tab. You can add those containers and their network settings as components in a blueprint by using options on the vRealize Automation Design tab.

For related information, see Configuring Network Resources for Containers and Using Container Properties and Property Groups in a Blueprint.


  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a container architect.

  • Open a new or existing blueprint in the design canvas by using the Design tab.


  1. Click Network & Security in the Categories section to display the list of available network and security components.
  2. Drag a Container Network component onto the design canvas.
  3. Enter a name in the Name text box to uniquely label the component in the design canvas.
  4. (Optional) Enter a component description in the Description text box.
  5. (Optional) Select the External check box if you do not want to specify external IPAM settings.

    If you select the External check box, the IPAM Configuration tab is removed.

  6. Click the IPAM Configuration tab to specify a new or edit an existing subnet, IP range, and gateway for the network specified in a container component in the blueprint.

    IPAM configuration applies to new networks that are created by vRealize Automation as opposed to those that have been previously created in Docker or other supported container application. These settings are not validated and provisioning fails if the settings overlap with other networks. For example, the subnet and gateway must be unique within the container host.

  7. Click the Properties tab to specify custom properties for the component.

    If you select the Property Groups tab and click Add, the following options are available:

    • Container host properties with certificate authentication

    • Container host properties with user/password authentication

    If additional property groups have been defined, they are also listed.

    If you select the Custom Properties tab and click Add you can add individual custom properties to the container component.

    Table 1. Properties Tab Settings for Custom Properties




    Enter the name of a custom property or select an available custom property from the drop-down menu.


    Enter or edit a value to associate with the custom property name.


    You can choose to encrypt the property value, for example, if the value is a password.


    You can specify that the property value can be overridden by the next or subsequent person who uses the property. Typically, this is another architect, but if you select Show in request, your business users are able to see and edit property values when they request catalog items.

    Show in Request

    If you want to display the property name and value to your end users, you can select to display the property on the request form when requesting machine provisioning. You must also select Overridable if you want users to provide a value.

  8. Click Finish to save the blueprint as draft or continue configuring the blueprint.

What to do next

You can continue configuring container network settings in the Network tab of a container component in the design canvas.