A catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files in an organization. Organization administrators and catalog authors can create catalogs in an organization. Catalog contents can be shared with other users or organizations in the vCloud Director installation or published externally for access by organizations outside the vCloud Director installation.
vCloud Director contains private catalogs, shared catalogs, and externally accessible catalogs. Private catalogs include vApp templates and media files that you can share with other users in the organization. If a system administrator enables catalog sharing for your organization, you can share an organization catalog to create a catalog accessible to other organizations in the vCloud Director installation. If a system administrator enables external catalog publishing for your organization, you can publish an organization catalog for access by organizations outside the vCloud Director installation. An organization outside the vCloud Director installation must subscribe to an externally published catalog to access its contents.
You can upload an OVF package directly to a catalog, save a vApp as a vApp template, or import a vApp template from vSphere. See Create a vApp Template from an OVF File and Save a vApp as a vApp Template to a Catalog.
Members of an organization can access vApp templates and media files that they own or that are shared with them. Organization administrators and system administrators can share a catalog with everyone in an organization or with specific users and groups in an organization. See Share a Catalog.
- View Catalogs
You can access catalogs shared with you within your organization. You can access public catalogs if an organization administrator has made them accessible within your organization. [Read more]
- Create a Catalog
You can create new catalogs and associate them with a storage policy. [Read more]
- Share a Catalog
You can share a catalog with all members of your organization, or with specific members. [Read more]
- Delete a Catalog
You can delete a catalog from your organization. [Read more]
- Manage Metadata for a Catalog
As an organization administrator or a catalog owner, you can create or update the metadata for the catalogs that you own. [Read more]
- Publish a Catalog
If the system administrator has granted you catalog access, you can publish a catalog externally to make its vApp templates and media files available for subscription by organizations outside the vCloud Director installation. [Read more]
- Subscribe to an External Catalog
You can subscribe to an external catalog and thus create a read-only copy of an externally published catalog. You cannot modify a subscribed catalog. [Read more]
- Update the Location URL and the Password for a Subscribed Catalog
After you create a subscribed catalog, you can update the location URL and the password for the subscribed catalog. [Read more]
- Synchronize a Subscribed Catalog
After you create a subscribed catalog, you can synchronize it with the original catalog to see if there are any changes. For example, if the metadata of the original catalog is changes, when you perform the synchronization, the metadata of the subscribed catalog is updated. [Read more]