You can import settings from an OVF to simplify the process of configuring vSphere machine component settings in a vRealize Automation blueprint.

This procedure assumes that you have a basic familiarity with the vRealize Automation blueprint creation process.



  1. Select Design > Blueprints.
  2. Click the New icon (Add).
  3. Enter a blueprint name and description and click OK.
  4. Click Machine Types in the Categories area and drag a vSphere (vCenter) Machine component onto the design canvas.
  5. Click the Build Information tab and specify the following options:
    • Blueprint type: Server

    • Action: Create

    • Provisioning workflow: ImportOvfWorkflow

      The ImportOvfWorkflow setting allows the URL option to become available.

  6. Specify the location of the OVF.
    • Enter the path to the OVF URL using the format https://server/folder/name.ovf or name.ova.

      If you enable authentication with the server that is hosting the OVF, enter the credentials for the authenticating user.

    • If the OVF is hosted on a Web site, and you have created a Proxy endpoint to use in accessing the Web site, select Use proxy and select the available Proxy endpoint.

  7. Click Configure.

    If you receive an authentication error message, the server on which the OVF is hosted requires authentication credentials. If this happens, check the Authentication needed check box, enter the Username and Password credentials required to authenticate with the HTTP server on which the OVF resides, and click Configure again.

    The Configure option opens a wizard, displaying all the user-configurable properties and values to import from the OVF as custom properties. If there are no configurable properties to import, the pane is empty.

    1. Use the wizard to either accept the default values to be imported or change those values for the blueprint prior to import.
    2. Click OK to import the properties and values.

      All user-configurable properties in the OVF template are imported into the blueprint as editable vRealize Automation custom properties, prefaced with VMware.Ovf, while others are imported as hidden properties that are not meant to be edited after import.

  8. Click the Machine Resources tab to display the results of the OVF import reflected in the minimum value entries for the CPUs, Memory(MB), and Storage(GB) options.

    You can change any of these values after import.

  9. Click the Storage tab to display the results of the OVF import.
  10. Click the Properties > Custom Properties tab sequence to display the results of the OVF import.

    For more information, see Custom Properties for OVF Import.

  11. Click Save.

What to do next

Continue defining blueprint settings or click Finish.