Cloud User Guides

vApp Setup Guide

How to create a vApp in vCloud Director

How to Create a vApp in vCloud Director

How to create a vApp in vSphere

You can use VMware vSphere as a platform for running applications, in addition to using it as a platform for running virtual machines. The applications can be packaged to run directly on top of VMware vSphere. The format of how the applications are packaged and managed is called VMware® vApp. A vApp is a container, like a resource pool and can contain one or more virtual machines. In addition, a vApp also shares some functionality with virtual machines. A vApp can power on and power off, and can also be cloned. In the vSphere client, a vApp is both represented in the Host and Clusters view and the VM and Template view. Each view has a specific summary page with the current status of the service and relevant summary information, as well as operations on the service.

How to upload a vApp into your catalog

How to Upload a vApp into your Catalog

How to export a vApp into an OVF

How to Export a vApp into an OVF

Creating customized startup procedures

Creating customized startup procedures

Setting up the simple vShield firewall

Setting up the simple vShield Firewall

Configuring a custom DHCP server for your vApp

Configuring a custom DHCP server for your vApp

vApp portability between clouds aka “Hybrid Cloud”

Because a vApp contains the networking and security information for your application and because it’s based on the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), you can upload and download your vApps between your own private VMware based clouds or to a public vcloud provider like Bluelock. This can all be done through a browser.

How do I upload a vApp to the public cloud?

How do I upload a vApp to the public cloud

How do I download my vApp from the public cloud into my own vSphere instance?

How do I download my vApp from the public cloud into my own vSphere instance

Can I run a vApp on a public cloud like Amazon EC2?

Unfortunately, no. While there are some ways to convert a VM to work in Amazon, EC2 doesn’t support the OVF standard so vApps simply will not work.