How to create a vApp
VMware Cloud Director uses vApps to make virtual machine (VM) creation and management easy and flexible. vApps are essentially containers for VMs and can be used in many ways. One of the most common uses of a vApp is to group similar VMs together for easy management. Or you can put VMs that form a multi-tier application into the same vApp for greater control. You can create up to 128 vApps within a virtual data centre (VDC) and intelligently network them to create complex architectures that can be managed easily.
In this article we'll look at how to create a vApp from scratch.
Creating a vApp
In the VMware Cloud Director Virtual Data Center dashboard, select the VDC in which you want to create the vApp.
In the left navigation panel, under Compute, select vApps to view a list of vApps within the VDC.
In the vApps page, click New, then select New vApp.
In the New vApp dialog box, enter a Name and Description for your vApp.
The name should be something that will easily identify it if you're building a large environment with multiple vApps.
Select the Power on check box if you want the vApp to start up as soon as you finish creating it.
Click Add Virtual Machine to populate the vApp with VMs.
You can click Create at this point to create an empty vApp and add VMs to it later.
In the New VM dialog box, select:
New to create a VM from scratch, without using a template (see How to create a virtual machine from scratch, starting from step 5).
From Template to create a VM from an existing template (see How to create a VM from a template, starting from step 5).
When you've finished adding VMs to your vApp, in the New vApp dialog box, click Create.
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