When you deploy a vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly template, one resource might need another resource to be available first.


Solid or dashed arrows only indicate a dependency, not a connection. To connect resources so that they communicate, see How to connect cloud template resources in vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly.

How to create an explicit dependency

Sometimes, a resource needs another to be deployed first. For example, a database server might need to exist first, before an application server can be created and configured to access it.

An explicit dependency sets the build order at deployment time, or for scale in or scale out actions. You can add an explicit dependency using the graphical design canvas or the code editor.

  • Design canvas option—draw a connection starting at the dependent resource and ending at the resource to be deployed first.
  • Code editor option—add a dependsOn property to the dependent resource, and identify the resource to be deployed first.

    An explicit dependency creates a solid arrow in the canvas.

Explicit dependency

How to create an implicit dependency or property binding

Sometimes, a resource property needs a value found in a property of another resource. For example, a backup server might need the operating system image of the database server that is being backed up, so the database server must exist first.

Also called a property binding, an implicit dependency controls build order by waiting until the needed property is available before deploying the dependent resource. You add an implicit dependency using the code editor.

  • Edit the dependent resource, adding a property that identifies the resource and property that must exist first.

    An implicit dependency or property binding creates a dashed arrow in the canvas.

Implicit dependency or property binding