In this KB article, we demonstrate how to add an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Template to your Catalog in CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation™. We also have step-by-step instructions on adding an Existing vApp to your Catalog. In this case, an existing vApp could consist of one or more VMs.
A catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files in an organization. Organization administrators and catalog authors within CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation can create catalogs in an organization. Catalog contents can be shared with other users within CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation.
CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation contains organization (private) catalogs, and access to its public catalog. Organization catalogs include vApp templates and media files that you can share with other users in the organization.
Steps to add an OVF Template
Login to your CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation environment.
Once logged in, click on the menu icon at the top of the screen. Select Libraries in the dropdown menu.
In the Libraries page, click Add at the top of the vApp Templates screen.
In the Create vApp Template from OVF window, either enter the URL to the OVF, or Browse... to the Local file, then click Next.
Review the details, then click Next. On the next screen (Select vApp Template Name) enter the Name and optional Description, then select the catalog from the Catalog dropdown.
The template will be shown in the template list and the progress of the upload will be shown in the Recent Tasks pane at the bottom of the screen.
Once the vApp Template is successfully imported, it can be used to deploy VMs inside of CenturyLink Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation.
Steps to add an Existing vApp to your Catalog
In this example, we will work with the Engineering vApp to create a new vApp Template. If the vApp is running, it is added to the catalog as a vApp template with all of its VMs in a suspended state.
Click on Datacenters from menu, and then in the left pane, click vApps. Click the Actions dropdown on the vApp and select Add to Catalog...
Select the catalog to add the vApp to in the Catalog dropdown. Select Overwrite catalog item if you want the new catalog item to overwrite any existing vApp Template that has the same name. Type a Name and optional Description for the vApp template.
Specify how the template should be created:
- Make Identical Copy: vApps that are created from this vApp template inherit the guest operating system settings specified in the template. If you select this option and guest customization is enabled, the guest operating system is personalized. IP addresses of the NICs in the template are reserved.
- Customize VM Settings: Guest operating system is personalized regardless of the vApp template settings when the template is instantiated. IP addresses of the NICs in the template are released.
Click OK to finish.
The vApp is saved as a vApp template and appears in the specified catalog.