Catalog items based on CloudFormation templates An administrator can create catalog items for CloudFormation stacks and present the items to users in the service catalog. Catalog items that are based on templates minimize requester involvement by simplifying the process of selecting the appropriate CloudFormation stack configuration. An administrator can create multiple stack specifications in the service catalog. Table 1. Tables used to manage catalog items from CloudFormation templates Table Description Virtual Machine Template [cmdb_ci_vm_template] Contains virtual machine templates from Amazon EC2 and VMware. EC2 Approved Image [ec2_approved_images] Contains only the EC2 images approved for provisioning through the service catalog. This table extends the Virtual Machine Template [cmdb_ci_vm_template] table. EC2 Image [ec2_image] Contains all the EC2 images in the system, including approved images. This table extends the Virtual Machine Template [cmdb_ci_vm_template] table. EC2 Size [ec2_size] Contains all the EC2 size (type) definitions. This table extends VM Size Definition [vm_size] table. Perform the following operations to prepare to create a catalog item from a CloudFormation template: Configure the categories and sub-categories for catalog items. The category hierarchy determines the category path for locating CloudFormation templates in the service catalog. Determine the appropriate setting for the One-step checkout redirect (glide.vm.checkout_redirect) property. Configure the CloudFormation templates for catalog items. Create a catalog item from a CloudFormation templateYou can create a CloudFormation stack as a service catalog item based on a CloudFormation template that you approved for provisioning.Create catalog item variables based on a CloudFormation templateAfter you have fully defined all parameters in a template, you can use the parameter settings to generate the variables that appear in catalog items for requesters of virtual resources. If the variable already exists, you can use this procedure to refresh the variable with the updated settings.Verify the path to a CloudFormation catalog itemAfter you create a catalog item and category path, verify the configuration in the Service Catalog.View catalog items created from CloudFormation templatesCloudFormation stacks that are approved for provisioning from the service catalog are contained in the CMDB CloudFormation [cmdb_ci_cloudformation_template] table.Configure the lease duration for a CloudFormation catalog itemThe default setting for a lease period and the maximum allowed duration of a virtual server lease are controlled by property settings. The system applies the specified values to both Amazon and VMware resources.