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How to Configure & Setup Content Library in vCenter 6 ?

VMware has introduced the new feature named Content Library with the launch of vSphere 6.0. Content Library is simple & very useful feature for VMware Admins to store their data such as VM Templates,ISO’s , Scripts etc.

In my previous post i gave the brief information about the content library & how it works. So in this post i will show you how you can easily configure & setup content library in your environment & use library to share data across multiple vCenter Servers.

Here i will be using the 2 different vCenter Servers. On first vCenter Server will configure the Content Library & on second vCenter we will see how to subscribe to the Content Library.

So Lets see step by step How to First Configure the Content Library & Setup Content Library to use for Future purpose.

First vCenter Server Steps :

Step 1:
Login to vCenter Server using Admin account.
Choose the Content Libraries from Home Pane as shown.


Step 2:
Now click on Objects Tab.
Click on Icon as shown to create your new Content Library.


Step 3:
You will get New Library wizard.
Provide the Name & Notes for you Content Library.
Choose your vCenter Server on which you want to setup the Content Library. (In case if you have multiple vCenter in Linked mode.)
Click Next to proceed.


Step 4:

Here we have to configure our Content Library.
So choose the First option “Local Content Library”
We will be publishing our Library externally so that other vCenter can see & use it so check the box “Publish Content Library externally”
You can also provide password authentication to your Content Library check the box “Enable Authentication” & provide password.
Click Next to continue.


Step 5:

Content Library uses storage to store is Library Contents.
So you can either choose Local System Storage or you can choose the Datastore associated with your vCenter.
In my case i am going with iSCSI-Datastore.
So choose the Datastore & click Next to proceed.


Step 6:

Now we have configured our Content Library just review all the configuration before finish.
Click on Finish button to create your Content Library.


Step 7:

Now in the Summary tab you can see your Content Library created & you will get additional details about your library also such as Type,Storage, Items etc.


Step 8:

Now we will upload files to our Content Library so for uploading files.
Click on tab Related Objects.
Click on the small icon with Left Arrow as i shown to upload the file.


Step 9:

Here you can upload or import files & items for your Content Library.
You can either provide the URL for upload or you can choose Local File & browse the file from your machine & upload.
You can also provide the Item Name & Notes.
Click OK to Upload the file.


Step 10:

Now click on Manage Tab as shown & click on Settings.
Here you will find Subscription URL as shown.
Click on “Copy Link” to copy the URL


Second vCenter Server Steps :

Here on your Second or other vCenter Server you have to follow same steps till Step 3 from First vCenter Server Steps.

So i will skip the steps to make it short.

Step 1:
So here i am directly going at the Step where we Configure the Library.
So here choose the Second option which is “Subscribed Content Library”
Provide the Subscription URL which you have copied on Step 10.
We have also enabled the authentication so check the box Enable Authentication & provide the password.
You can also set the Download for your Content Library.
Whether you want to Download all the Content Immediately or Download the content when needed so choose according to your requirement & click Next.


Step 2:

You might get Security Warning so click on Yes to continue.


Step 3:

Content Library uses storage to store is Library Contents.
So you can either choose Local System Storage or you can choose the Datastore associated with your vCenter.
So here on different vCenter Server i don’t have any datastore so i am providing the Local System path.
You can choose the Datastore or Local Path according to your requirement.
Click Next to proceed.


Step 4:

Now we have successfully subscribed to our  configured Content Library just review all the configuration before finish.
Click on Finish button to save & close.


Step 5:

So now you are successfully subscribed to Content Library.
Click on Content Libraries & click on Objects Tab to see Content Library where you can find the Type of your library.


Step 6:

Now choose your Content Library to Download data.
Choose Content Library.
Choose Related Objects Tab.
Here you can find your Files which have uploaded on your Content Library on vCenter where you have created Content Library.
So choose the file & Export Icon to download the file you can also download & clone the files using “Action.”



You have successfully configured & subscribed to Content Library & now you can share files across multiple vCenter using Content Library.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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