Cloud Lab-40: vCloud Director Organizations- “Deploy vApp from Catalog”

In previous post, i have created vApp template for the organizations. today, lets see how the Organization users will use these template and deploy them to the Organizations.


In this Lab we will perform following tasks

  1. Deploy vApp from Organization Catalogs. 

1-Deploy vApp from Organization Catalogs.

what is vApp?

A vApp consists of one or more virtual machines that communicate over a network and use resources and services in a deployed environment. A vApp can contain multiple virtual machines.

There are several tasks, which will perform while the deployment of vApp from the catalog, following are the list of tasks.

  1. Deploy vApp 
  2. Configure vApp Networking
  3. Configure vApp Virtual Machines
  4. Test the Deployed vApp

To deploy a vApp into an Organization, First login into the Organization with the user who have appropriate rights to deploy the vApp.

1-Deploy vApp

From the vCloud Director Console open the Organization, in my case it is “SkyNet”

Click on “My Cloud” Tab


Click the “Build New vApp” icon from menu


Name your vApp “Prod1”, Choose “OrgVDC” where vAPP  will deploy -> Click “Next”


Select vApp “RHEL-Template” -> Click “Add” and than Select vApp “XP-Template” -> Click “Add”. Once done, Click “Next”


Select the Full Name of VMs “Prod1-RHEL-A” and “Prod1-XP-B” respectively -> Click “Next”


Change the Computer Name into “Prod1-VM1” and “Prod1-VM2” -> Click “Add Network”


Enter following network information

DNS Suffix “prod1.local”
IP Range –

Click “Next”


Enter the vApp Network Name “Prod1-vApp-Net1”. Click “Finish”


Change the IP Assignment into “Static- IP Pool” for Both VMs -> Click “Next”


Change the connection from none to “SkyNet-Prod-Org-Direct”, Leave “NAT” and “Firewall” Selected -> Click “Finish”


Wait for a while and when vApp has deployed, it should look like as shown below.


2-Configure vAPP Networking

 Right click on vAPP and select “Open”, Click on the “Network” Tab -> Click the “gear icon” and select “Configure Services”


Enable “DHCP” and enter the DHCP IP Range – -> Click “OK”


Click “Apply”


Click the “vApp Diagram” tab. Your diagram should look like the following one

 The top of your diagram should clearly show the Virtual machine connected to the vAPP Network “Prod1-vApp-Net1”.the connection icon should be firewall inside of a circle Hold the mouse over the network name to see the full network name.

 Scroll down. The bottom of you diagram should show that “Prod1-vApp-Net1” is connected to the “SkyNet-Prod-Org-Direct” network


3-Configure vApp Virtual Machines

Click on the “Virtual Machine” Tab

Right Click on “Prod1-XP-B” and select “properties”, Click the “Guest OS Customization” tab

Set Specify password “vmware”  and Check “Require administrator to change password on first login”, Click “OK”


4-Test the deployed vAPP

 From “My Cloud” tab -> Click on the “Prod-1” vAPP-> Click “Green Play button” as highlighted to “Start” the vApp.


Switch back to vSphere Client and find the new deployed vApp under “SkyNet-Pod-OrgVDC” resource Pool.


Monitor the vSphere Client“Recent task” windows. You tasks should like as shown


Switch back to vCloud Director Console, Wait for the status of “Prod-1” change to “running



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