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Create a standard Azure catalog item

Create a standard Azure catalog item

You can create a catalog item based on an image that you have approved for provisioning, then add that item to the service catalog to offer to cloud users.

Before you begin

Role required: cloud_admin

About this task

Microsoft provides families of images (many variations on a standard image), but you can use any approved image as the starting point for multiple catalog items with slightly different settings. Creation of a standard catalog item requires the cloud user to configure every piece of information about the requested VM. See Create a simplified catalog item on how to offer pre-configured catalog items to cloud users.


  1. Navigate to Microsoft Azure Cloud > Approved Images.
  2. Click the name of the desired image.
  3. On the form, verify the Name and Label for the item and then click the Create Catalog Item link in the Related Items section. Specify the following settings:
    Table 1. Azure VM Catalog Item form
    Name Name for this VM catalog item. Change the name as needed to make it useful for requesters of VMs.
    Category Category that includes this catalog item. Azure: Azure Virtual Machines.
    Workflow Workflow for the request that is used to provision the VM. Azure: Virtual Machine Request.
    Icon Image that represents the item in the service catalog.
    Short description By default, this value is the same as the name. Update as needed.
    Price The system calculates the price based on the VM size.
    Omit price in cart Select the check box to not display the price of the item while the user is configuring the VM to request.
    Billable Select the check box to cause the resource to generate billing data.
    Active Select the check box to cause the item to appear in the catalog. Clear the check box to not list the item in the catalog.
    Description Description of the VM to be ordered. If the requester selects a VM size, the system populates the Description with CPU, memory, and disk size.
    Picture PNG format file that represents the item to requesters who view the list of catalog items.
    Subscription Subscription that this catalog item should be a part of.
    Note: If you specify a value, then the requester cannot choose a value while requesting a VM.
    VM template Approved template that this catalog item was created from.
    VM size Size for the VM that includes specifications for CPU, memory, and OS disk size.
    Note: If you specify a value, then the requester cannot choose a value while requesting a VM.
    Skip approval Select the check box to not require approval of a request by a user in the Azure Approvers group for this item (Virtualization Provider > Azure VM in the Approver Group list).
    Note: Other approvals that apply to requests through the service catalog are still required.
    Provisioning mode
    • Automatic: No catalog task is assigned to the Cloud Operators group. The system selects provisioning information and places the request into the provisioning workflow.
    • Manual: A catalog task for specifying provisioning information is assigned to the Cloud Operators group with no automatic selections. The cloud operator can review the settings before closing the task.
  4. When you have configured all settings and the catalog item is ready for consumption, click Publish.
  5. You can verify that the item behaves as you expect through the ordering and provisioning processes. Click Try It to go through the process of configuring, ordering, and then validating the VM.
    Cloud users can request the item using the Virtual Assets portal.