Importing more than one VM into a vApp in VMware vCloud Director

Working on my home lab today, I discovered that once you have imported a VM from vSphere and created the vApp there wasn’t an option to then import another VM into the same vApp. This really frustrated me as I wanted to import 4 VM’s into the same vApp in the cloud.

The easy way I found to do this is as follows:

1) Import the second VM into a new vApp
2) Open up the vApp once the import has completed
3) Right click and select ‘Move To’

4) Select the Destination vApp
5) Configure the VM Full Name, Computer Name and Networks
6) Check the Networking details
7) Click Finish

That’s it, and now you have the second VM imported into the vApp. I really think we need an option within a vApp to import more than one VM, and will mention this next time there is a request for features.

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3 Responses to Importing more than one VM into a vApp in VMware vCloud Director

  1. chad king October 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Right now, We have completely isolated tenants. They all have there own everything in VCD. Networks. pvdc, vdc, org, DS, networks, and etc. COMPLETELY isolated. I am not real savy in VCD yet trying to learn as fast as possible… anyways onto the point.

    I was hoping you could maybe help me with a problem. We want to be able to export/import within VCD one vAPP and move it to another tenant. Basically an export or move to other tenanats cloud. Now we cannot use move to because of the isolation… would you have a recommendation??

    thanks!
    Chad

    • davehill October 25, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      The easiest and most simplistic way would be to use vCloud Connector. This provides a plug-in to vCenter and allows you to connect to multiple vClouds and Orgs. You can then easily select the workload/vApp and move to another vCloud/Org. We are still on version 1.0. Please see this blog post for further information on it, http://www.davidhill.co/2011/06/vmware-vcloud-connector-plugin-how-it-fits-together/

      The other alternative would be to export the vApp as an OVF then import to the other vCloud.

  2. shiraz August 4, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Hi, its a nice post, thanks
    I have a scenario
    In our environment, the vApp contains vCenter & update manager, both running 5.5 versions, so i need to upgrade thee to 6.0
    now my question, how to upgrade these 2 while they are inside vApp?
    it will be normal upgrade or I need to take out /remove vCenter & update manager from vApp.

    regards

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