I hope already did that during initial setup. Please refer to the screen shot below.
Do I need to click "Upload Prepackaged Volumes" again? Will that impact my existing AppStacks template?
Browse "_ds4" datastore in vSphere Web client, navigate to appvolumes/writable_templates folder and check if you have the template VMDK is present. Else check for "Cloudvolumes\writable_templates" folder and see if the template VMDK exists
Browse "_ds3" datastore in vSphere Web client, navigate to appvolumes/writable_templates folder and check if you have the template VMDK is present. Check for 'cloudvolumes' folder also in the datastore. if you find then, you may manually copy the writable volume template VMDK to the '_ds4' datastore and to the respective writable_templates" folder.
Yes click it again, if you look at the locations it mentions it says app_templates, which only includes templates not currently running appstacks. You need to do it for each datastore you want to place appstacks in.
Please find the screen shot below of my ds3 and ds4 data stores. Please suggest now on how to create a source template for writable volume without affecting my existing app stacks and production environment.
What are the options to select in the below image checkbox if I plan to use this upload Prepackaged volumes? Will this create a source template folder inside my data store? what will be default source template size?
Also what are the differences on the three check boxes mentioned about writable templates?
Since you have not uploaded Writable Volume templates during the initial configuration, you do not see "Writable" and "Writable_templates" directory under [datastore]/CloudVolumes directory. You only see "apps" and "app_templates" directory. You can safely upload both Appstack and Writable Volume templates to the respective datastore you have chosen for Appstack and Writable Volumes. These templates do not affect the production appstacks or writable volumes as they get uploaded to a different folder.
All production appstacks reside in [Datastore]\CloudVolumes\apps\ directoy and all production writable volume disks reside in [Datastore]\CloudVolume\writable directory. However, the templates get apploaded to [Datastore]\CloudVolume\writable_tempates directory (for creating new writable volume) and [Datastore]\CloudVolume\app_tempates (for creating new appstacks).
In the "Upload Prepackaged Volumes" select the datastore you have configured for Writable Volumes, select "Use vCenter"and under Volumes choose one or more checkmarks to upload the templates.
template_profile_only_workstaion - For User Profile settings only
template_uia_only_workstaion - For User Installed Applications only
template_uia_plus_profile_workstaion - For retaining both User Profile settings and User Installed Applications
Thanks for your reply.
It will easier for me to upload writable templates to my datastore then. But I want to know what are the differences between the three check marks and what till the default template size while uploading to datastore.
I'm not sure what your asking, as the last comment answered that, the checkboxes are asking you if you want to upload that type of template. They are all max 20gb in size, but in reality they are thin provisioned so they are much smaller.
As sjesse explained earlier, each writable volume template is used for different purpose. You may safely upload them to the needed datastore without affecting your production.
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