To set up and verify your Service Broker instance, you import known working content from outside sources to make them available in the catalog, and then deploy catalog items to ensure that they are working.

As a cloud administrator, this is your first time using Service Broker and you want to set it up, import content, and then deploy the content to ensure that you can connect to your cloud vendors before fully populating the catalog and inviting other users to join the service.

Service Catalog Getting Started Workflow Diagram

In this use case, you import released Cloud Assembly cloud templates. You can also import Amazon CloudFormation templates, but the process is not presented here. See Add CloudFormation Templates to the Service Broker Catalog in Using and Managing VMware Service Broker.


  • Log in as a cloud administrator.
  • Verify that the cloud templates that you are importing are deployable and released in Cloud Assembly before you import it. See How to save different versions of a cloud template in Using and Managing VMware Cloud Assembly.


  1. Import cloud templates.
    Added cloud template in Service Broker.
    1. Select Content and Policies > Content Sources, and then click New.
    2. Click VMware Cloud Templates and enter a name for the source.
    3. Select the Source Project that is associated with your cloud templates and click Validate.
      The process verifies the connection and tells you the number of cloud templates that will be imported
    4. Click Create and Import.
  2. Share the imported cloud templates with a project.
    Cloud templates are associated with projects when they are created in Cloud Assembly. Projects include a group of users and the account regions where the cloud templates are deployed. In Service Broker, you can share the cloud templates with other users, but you must ensure that the target projects include the account regions with the cloud resources to support the deployment. Sharing cloud templates in Service Broker.
    1. Select Content and Policies > Policies > Definitions, and create a new content sharing policy.
    2. Enter a name for the content sharing policy.
    3. In the Scope list, select the target project.
    4. In the Content sharing section, click Add Items.
    5. To select only particular cloud templates, select All Content in the Content Sources drop-down menu.
    6. Select the cloud templates to share with the project, and click Save.
    7. In the Users section, select the users and user groups that you want to have access to the cloud templates.
    8. Click Create.
      The list for the project now includes the cloud templates and the imported templates are available in the catalog.
  3. Deploy an imported cloud template.
    Catalog and request form.
    1. Click Consume > Catalog.
    2. Locate the card for the cloud template that you want to deploy and click Request on the card.
    3. Complete the request form and click Submit.
    The deployment process begins.
  4. Monitor the deployment.
    Deployments page and deployment details.
    1. Select Consume > Deployments > Deployments, and then use the search and filter options to locate the deployed catalog item.
    2. When the deployment is completed, locate the IP address on the card or by clicking the name and viewing the details.
  5. Access the deployed workload and verify that it is working.
    The deployment might be an application or a single machine.