vApp Setup Guide
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 export a vApp into an OVF
Creating customized startup procedures
Setting up the simple vShield firewall
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 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.