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In part four we:

  • Took an existing templated VM from our local Private vSphere Cloud
  • Exported and shipped the templated VM out to a Cloudhelix VDC
  • Added the VM template into a catalogue within a demo VDC at Cloudhelix
  • Deployed a VM from the new template
  • Booted up the new VM
  • Customised the guest Operating System
  • Bounced the VM ready for use

So that was reasonably cool, this is even cooler..

Here we demonstrate another feature of vCloud Connector. We use it to synchronize templates from a Private VMware vSphere Cloud into a Cloudhelix Virtual Datacantre (VDC) Catalogue automatically.

That’s a pretty funky feature?—?you don’t even need to export from one to the other you just lob a VM template into the right folder and hey presto?—?four times a day it’s there for use in your whizzy Cloudhelix Virtual Datacentre.

You may have stumbled across the VMware knowledge base article KB 2041911 although it’s a bit sparse in detail and doesn’t quite explain the mechanics, here goes:

  • Create a folder within your VMware Private vSphere Cloud
  • Move an existing VM template into the newly created folder
  • Within the vCloud Connector in the VI Client, reload your connected Private vSphere Cloud
  • Right Click and Publish to the content library
  • Navigate to the Content Library
  • Highlight the folder and subscribe to the content
  • Run through the wizard

The video below details demonstrates the above process, we then deploy a VM from the catalogue in a similar fashion to an exported VM as in Part 4

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