vCloud – Importing and Exporting VMs

Importing VMs from Images (OVA, OVF)

VMs can be uploaded to vCloud through the vCloud Client Integration Plugin. Please note that FireFox Extended Service Release (ESR) is the only supported browser for this plugin. To import a VM from an existing OVF, navigate to the My Cloud tab, and select “Add vApp from OVF” as shown below:

At this point, if the Client Integration Plugin is not installed, a prompt will appear to download and install as shown below:

Otherwise, the Client Integration Plugin window will appear and allow a vApp upload. At this point the vApp deployment process is identical to the vApp/VM Creation process outlined previously in this document. Please note, as previously stated, that only Firefox ESR is known to be compatible with this upload plugin. Templates can also be transferred to GreenCloud support for manual upload to the Org Catalog. See Catalog Management below for more information on Catalog images.


Exporting VM Images

In order to create a VM image, navigate to the My Cloud tab and select a vApp. Right-click and select “Add to Catalog…” as shown:

Add the vApp to a catalog local to the organization. Generally, selecting “Customize VM Settings” is the preferred option. See below for an example:

After the Catalog addition is complete. Navigate to the Catalogs tab and select the Catalog to which the vApp was added. At this point the media in the catalog can be downloaded, added to “My Cloud” as a new VM, or removed through the right-click menu. See below for an example.

See Catalog Management below for more information on media management within the Org Catalog.

For larger VMs, VMware’s OVF Tool may be a more stable option. Please see VMware’s OVF Tool Documentation for more information.

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