Create vApps and VMs in vCloud Director


By Neal Wilkinson on 24th March, 2015.


Setup a vApp and VM in vCloud Director

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Creating a vApp and VM

In this walkthrough, we will setup a vApp container and a virtual machine within the vApp. To test our configuration, we will then logon to the VM and perform a ping to test it has connectivity.

Add a vApp


  • From the Home screen you can either click Add vApp from the Content menu on the right of the screen or Add a vApp from Catalog from the Quick Access Menu on the left-hand side

Add a vApp from the Home screen

Above: Add a vApp from the Home screen.


Select a vApp Template

  • The setup wizard will now open
  • The first section allows us to select a template to be applied to our vApp

Select a vApp Template

Above: Add a vApp from the Home screen.


  • Select Public Catalogs from the dropdown

Select Public Catalogs

Above: Select Public Catalogs from the dropdown.


  • You will now see a number of different server OS options to choose from
  • In this example, we will select Windows Server 2008
  • Click Next

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Above: Select Windows Server 2008 from the list.


Name Your vApp and Assign a Virtual Datacenter (VDC)


  • Enter a Name and Description for your vApp in the fields provided
  • In the Virtual Datacenter dropdown, select the VDC you wish to assign the vApp to
  • Click Next

Name and Assign a Virtual Datacenter to your vApp

Above: Name and assign a Virtual Datacenter.


Name Your Virtual Machine (VM) and Select a Storage Policy


  • Enter a Name for the VM in the field provided
  • From from Storage Policy dropdown to the right, select a Virtual Private Cloud storage tier to assign to the VM
  • Click Next

Select a Storage Policy

Above: Select a storage policy.


Configure Networking


  • Select the Internal network option from the dropdown on the right of the screen
  • Click Next

Assign a Network to the VM

Above: Assign a network to the VM.


Customise Hardware


  • Select the number of vCPUs and Cores per Socket you would like to apply to the VM from the dropdowns in the CPU section
  • From the Memory section, select the total memory you would like to use in the VM
  • Finally, select the total storage available to the VM in the Hard Disks section
  • Click Next

Configure the VMs Resource Levels

Above: Configure the VMs resource levels.


Review and Finish


  • Review the selections you have made in this final review screen
  • When you are happy with your choices – click Finish
  • Note: If you wish to power on the vApp immediately after finishing, check the Power on vApp after this wizard is finished option

Review Your Selections and Finish

Above: Review your selections and finish.


Manage vApps


  • You will now see a representation of the vApp in the Home screen
  • To manage this vApp click on the Manage vApps link in the Content menu on the right or click on the My Cloud link in the top left of the screen

Manage Your vApp

Above: Manage your vApp.


Start the vApp


  • In the My Cloud page, select the vApp from the list on the right-hand side of the screen
  • With the vApp selected, click the Green Start Icon above the list
  • Alternatively, with the vApp selected, right mouse click on the vApp and select Start from the menu

Start Your vApp

Above: Start your vApp.


Manage VMs


  • Now that the vApp is running, click on the VMs link in the My Cloud menu on the left of the screen

Manage VMs

Above: Manage your VM.


Get the Server OS Admin Password


  • Before we can logon to the VM we need to get the Admin Password for the Server OS we have installed
  • With the VM selected, either right mouse click on the VM or click the Blue Actions Gear Icon above the list
  • Click Properties from the pop-up menu

Open the VMs Properties

Above: Open the VMs Properties.


  • The Virtual Machine Properties panel will now open
  • Select the Guest OS Customization tab from the top of the panel
  • Under the Password Reset section you will see the auto generated admin password for the server OS
  • Take a note of the password and click Cancel to close the panel

Open Guest Customization Options

Above: Open Guest Customization Options in the Properties panel.


Open the VM Console and Logon


  • To logon to the VM we will need to open the console
  • With the VM selected, either right mouse click on the VM or click the Blue Actions Gear Icon above the list
  • Click Popout Console from the menu
  • Alternatively, click on the Graphical Representation of the VM in the list and the console will open from there

Popout the VM Console

Above: Popout the VM Console.


  • You will now see the Windows Server login screen
  • It may take a few minutes for the OS on the VM to fully boot (please see the video for details) and you may see it reboot again before you will be able to log into the VM
  • When this process has completed, enter your Admin Password and Logon

Login to Windows

Above: Login to Windows Server on the VM.


Test Network Connectivity


  • When Windows Server has fully loaded, we will test the VMs network connectivity by pinging an external website
  • Click the Start menu and select Command Prompt from the menu

Select the Command Prompt from the Start Menu

Above: Select the Command Prompt from the Start Menu.


  • From the Command Prompt type ping google.co.uk
  • The VM will now ping Google to test your network connectivity

Ping to Test Connectivity

Above: Ping to Test Connectivity.


Feedback and Support

If you have any questions about this guide, please feel free to comment below and we will come back to you.

Alternatively, if you are a Secura customer, you can contact the service desk with your queries using the details below:

T. 0207 183 2540
E. servicedesk@secura.cloud

If you have any feedback on the video or the guide itself, we’d love to hear it along with any suggestions for future topics.


Neal Wilkinson

Head of Marketing

Neal works in the marketing team at Secura and makes sure everyone uses the correct font size on their emails. Sometimes he succeeds.

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