vCAC 6 series – Part 11 – Create Blueprint

 What’s is Blueprint in vCloud Automation Center

Blueprints are the complete specification for a virtual, cloud, or physical machine. Blueprints determine a machine’s attributes, the manner in which it is provisioned, and its policy and management settings. For and end user blueprint is visible as item in the service catalog which it can use to request virtual machine, physical machine, application or anything else.

  • Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a tenant administrator or business group manager
  • Navigate to Infrastructure –> Blueprints –> Blueprints.
  • Click New Blueprint -> Virtual –> vSphere
Create new blueprint for vSphere

Create new blueprint for vSphere

  • on Blue print information provide:
    • blueprint name
    • description
    • mark blueprint options
    • choose reservation policy if you have it
    • machine prefix
    • archive days
  • on second tab
    • blue print type: Server
    • action: Clone
    • provisioning workflow: CloneWorkflow
    • clone from: choose template you want to clone from


    • customization specs: type customization specs name from vSphere
  • in machine resources set maximum and minimum resources available for this blueprint
    • #CPU
    • memory
    • Storage
    • lease
  • define number of volumes
  • maximum number of volumes
  • maximum network adapters
blueprint configuration

blueprint configuration

  •  On properties tab you can attach build profiles and custom properties
properties tab

properties tab

  • On actions tab, mark actions available

Publish blueprint


  • Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a tenant administrator or business group manager.
  • Create a blueprint.
  • Navigate to Infrastructure > Blueprints > Blueprints.
  • Point to the blueprint you want to publish and click Publish.
  • Click OK.
  • Your blueprint is now a catalogue item.
publish blueprint

publish blueprint

Assign blueprint to Service
  • go to Administration –> catalog items
  • next to the blueprint name on the right side click Configure


  • On the details set:
    • status to Active
    • from dropdown menu choose service
  • On entitlement tab make sure that at least one entitlement is visible

Verify if new item is visible in catalog


catalog items


vCloud Automation Center 6.0 series
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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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