Install vCloud Automation Center 6 (vCAC 6) – part 7 – Create and Publish Blueprints

Blueprints define the resources and attributes associated with the provisioning of a virtual, physical, or cloud machine. Blueprints are configured for any machine (VM, vApp, Physical, Cloud) or a combination (multimachine blueprint) that will be available for provisioning in the portal.

Prepare VMs for provisioning

Before proceed creating a blueprint, we have to prepare VMs for provisioning.

Windows

  • Navigate to the vCloud Automation Center Appliance management console installation page. In my case: https://vcac.qtest.local:5480/installation.
  • Download and save the Windows guest agent files.
    • Windows guest agent files (32-bit.)
    • Windows guest agent files (64-bit.)
  • Unpack GugentZip_version in C:\ on the reference machine.
  • This produces the directory C:\VRMGuestAgent. Do not rename this directory.
  • Configure the guest agent by running the following command in an elevated command prompt:

    In my case:
  • After installation new service should appear in Windows Services called VCACGuestAgentService
  • Power server off and convert to template

Linux

  • Download package from vCAC appliance to Linux server
  • Unpack the LinuxGuestAgentPkgs file.
  • Navigate to the LinuxGuestAgentPkgs file and locate the subdirectory that corresponds to the guest operating system that you are deploying during provisioning.
  • Install the guest agent using the RPM package:
  •  Add agent installation path to $PATH
  • Change directory to /usr/share/gugent
  • Configure the guest agent to communicate with the Manager Service by running

Create a Blueprint

  1. Navigate to Infrastructure –> Blueprints –> Blueprints. Click New Blueprint –> Virtual –> vSphere (vCenter)vcac-blueprint-01
  2. In the Blueprint Information tab:
    • Provide a name for the blueprint
    • Choose blueprint options. It’s up to you check or not these three boxes.
    • Select a reservation policy if you have it
    • Accept the default machine prefix or choose your own.
    • Specify the number of days to archive machines provisioned from this blueprint
    • You can also assign a daily cost for machines provisioned using the blueprint vcac-blueprint-02
  3. In the Build Information
    • Select clone from action meu
    • If not selected, choose CloneWorkflow in the Provisioning workflow field
    • Select template you want to clone from
    • Chose a customization specification, if you have one. “A customization specification is required only if you are cloning with static IP addresses. However, you cannot perform any customizations of Windows machines without a customization specification object. For Linux clone machines, you can use a customization specification, an external script, or both to perform customizations”
    • You can specify maximum amounts of vCPU, RAM, and HDD space that can be assigned to this blue print. This option gives a user the ability to customize to their specific application.vcac-blueprint-04
  4. In the Properties tab you can attach build profiles and custom propertiesvcac-blueprint-03
  5. On the actions tab, we can choose what a user can do vcac-blueprint-05
  6. Click OK to finish

Publish a Blueprint

  1. Navigate to Infrastructure –> Blueprints –> Blueprints
  2. Point to the blueprint you want to publish and click Publishvcac-blueprint-06
  3. Click OK to confirmvcac-blueprint-07
  4. The blueprint is now a catalog item.

 

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