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VMware vCloud Director Essentials by Lipika Pal

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Understanding catalogs

vCloud Director includes a content repository, which is a component in the vCloud Director storage. The content repository provides an abstraction to the underlying datastores and offers features to store, search, retrieve, and remove content.

Content is delivered to consumers in the form of catalogs. A catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files in an organization. In vCD 5.5, it's any file in the catalog. Catalogs can be shared, so the vApp templates in them are available to other users in the organization. Catalogs can also be published so that members of other organizations can have read access to the vApps, provided the organization is configured to allow publishing.

Catalogs are made available in four ways: ...

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