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Catalog Tab

Catalog Tab

Introduction to Catalog

Many Enterprise Cloud customers also run VMware within their corporate data centers. Sometimes these customers wish to move a running virtual machine to the Enterprise Cloud. Or perhaps the customer creates, configures, populates, and tests a virtual machine locally in an isolated network where mistakes go unnoticed on the wider company network. The customer could build a new server locally and then meticulously, painstakingly recreate their existing server configuration in the Enterprise Cloud. However, Catalog enables customers to upload that complete virtual machine to the Enterprise Cloud. Once they build a virtual machine precisely as desired, that virtual machine can be uploaded to the Enterprise Cloud as a catalog item and virtual machines created in their environment from that catalog item.

Alternatively, the customer can have a virtual machine in in their existing environment they wish to store for future replication. Again, the Catalog offers a repository in which to preserve that virtual machine image for later reuse.

The Web Console Connect cannot mount ISO images from the local PC. Instead, you upload ISO images to catalog and mount the uploaded images on the virtual machine.

Note: Support for ISO images is a phased implementation. All tabs and buttons related to ISO images are hidden until the feature is available.

Navigate to Catalog Tab

  1. Under My Account, click Catalog.
  2. Select a catalog activity:

How Catalog Works

Uploads to the Catalog can be performed through either the Enterprise Cloud Infinicenter Console or the Enterprise Cloud Application Programming Interface. The complete process is the same regardless of method. Validation of the OVF file, step 3, is performed automatically upon conclusion of the upload of the OVF file.

For virtual machines in an existing environment, the customer can select a virtual machine and Copy to Catalog. Infinicenter Console performs steps 1 through 4 on the selected virtual machine.

  1. Create a Catalog Item. A VM Catalog Item is created in which to hold the virtual machine model and is named.
  2. Upload Open Virtualization Format (OVF) file to Catalog. The OVF file that describes the virtual machine is uploaded to the Enterprise Cloud, which checks some rudimentary configurations as it stores the file in the data store.
  3. Validate the OVF file. The Enterprise Cloud verifies that the configuration of the virtual machine is compatible with the data center into which the virtual machine is loaded.
  4. Upload the Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) files declared in the OVF. At least one VMDK must be declared in the OVF. Each VMDK declared is individually uploaded. The VMDK files are stored with the OVF as part of the VM Catalog Item in the data store.
  5. Note: Compressed VMDK files are not supported.

  6. Create a Virtual Machine from a VM Catalog Item. Once all the files for the virtual machine are stored as a VM Catalog Item, a virtual machine can be created in the Enterprise Cloud environment from the VM Catalog Item. Memory and processors can be altered from the configuration in the catalog item when created. The server name, row, group, and network to which the virtual machine should be attached must be assigned. Optionally, the description or long name and any desired tags can be assigned.
  7. Delete a VM Catalog Item. Storage space for VM Catalog Items is limited. When a previously uploaded VM Catalog Items is no longer wanted, it can be removed to make room for new VM Upload Catalog Items. Servers based on the deleted VM Catalog Item are not affected by the deletion.
  8. Upload an ISO image. ISO images can be uploaded to your catalog to install application software, an optical disk image file can also be used to install an operating system in blank vitual machine.
  9. Delete an ISO image. Storage space is limited. When a previously uploaded ISO image is no longer wanted, it can be removed to make room for new optical disk image files. If you delete an ISO image, the deleted ISO images are no longer available for your virtual machines.
  10. VM Catalog Audit Log. The Catalog can be monitored by viewing the VM Catalog Audit Log. The log lists all activities against the Catalog.
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