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Blueprint Templates

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About blueprint templates

Blueprint templates enable your organization to define a uniform standard for new blueprints. A blueprint template consists of a predefined set of elements (resources, connections, inputs, properties etc.). Users can repeatedly create new blueprints based on existing templates, in a quick and easy way, effortlessly maintaining the organization’s standard.

Blueprint templates can be viewed and created by system and domain administrators. Domain administrators can view and create templates for their permitted domains only.

CloudShell includes a default out-of-the-box blueprint template, CloudShell Sandbox Template, on which all new blueprints are based. You can create additional blueprint templates, according to your needs. For more information, see Creating a new blueprint template.

You can enable users to create empty blueprints that are not based on a template and do not include orchestration scripts. For more information, see Allowing users to create new empty blueprints.

Note: When upgrading to version 7.1 and up, make sure that all existing blueprint templates are in their previous domains. For more information, see Associating a blueprint template with a domain.

CloudShell Sandbox Template

The CloudShell Sandbox Template is provided out-of-the-box by CloudShell and is configured to run CloudShell's Default Sandbox Setup, Default Sandbox Teardown, Default Sandbox Restore, and Default Sandbox Save scripts during the sandbox lifecycle. Save and Restore is a paid add-on that requires a license.

The CloudShell Sandbox Template performs the following important operations as part of the sandbox lifecycle:

  • Deploy and tear down Apps and their VMs from the cloud provider
  • Enable the use of Apps based on public clouds (like AWS EC2 and Azure) by running connectivity procedures that set up the cloud network and subnet for the sandbox
  • Connect and disconnect virtual network and physical connectivity routes (L1 and L2 ) between resources and/or Apps
  • Enable the save and restore functionality, which is part of the Save and Restore paid add-on

Managing blueprint templates

Creating a new blueprint template

To create a blueprint template:

  1. Open the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. In the toolbar, click the + Add New button. 
    The Add New Template dialog box is displayed.
  4. Enter the required information in the new blueprint template. 

    Note: To expose the template to all domains, select the Global domain.

  5. Click Save
    The new blueprint template is displayed in the Templates list.

Associating a blueprint template with a domain

Users can only see and use blueprint templates that are either global or are associated with their domain.

To associate a blueprint with a domain:

  1. Click the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. Click the template's name.

    The Edit Template dialog box is displayed.

  4. In the Domains drop-down list, select the required domain and click Save.

Editing a blueprint template

Important: The CloudShell Sandbox Template is provided by default and is updated by CloudShell from time to time. DO NOT edit this template.

To edit a blueprint template's general settings:

  1. Click the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. Click the name of the blueprint template. Alternatively, click the blueprint template's More Actions button and select Edit.

    The Edit Template dialog box is displayed.

  4. Edit the settings as appropriate.
  5. Click Save.

To update the elements of the blueprint template:

  1. Click the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. In the relevant template row, click the Diagram link.

    The diagram of the blueprint template is displayed.

  4. Update the blueprint template.

    The changes you perform are saved automatically.

To update the properties of the blueprint template:

  1. Click the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. In the relevant template row, click the Properties link.

    The Properties page of the blueprint template is displayed.

  4. Update the properties and click Save.

All non-administrator users can now create blueprints from the templates(s) you created. For step-by-step instructions on how to create a blueprint from a template, see the help topic: Creating a blueprint from a template. For step-by-step instructions on how to create a blueprint from a template, access the CloudShell Self-Service Portal help and search for the topic: Creating an empty blueprint

Note: The owner of the blueprint template is the administrator who created the template.

Saving an existing blueprint as a blueprint template

To create a template from an existing blueprint:

  1. In the Blueprints Catalog, open the blueprint.
  2. Click the Blueprint menu.
  3. Select Save as a Template

    A new blueprint template is created and the diagram of the template opens for editing.

  4. Rename the template.
  5. Update the blueprint template’s components as required. Update the blueprint template’s components as required.

Changes you perform on the diagram of the template are saved automatically. 
For administrators, the blueprint template is listed in the Manage dashboard in the Blueprint Templates page. 
For users, the blueprint template is now available for creating a new blueprint based on the new template.

All non-administrator users can now create blueprints from the templates(s) you created. For step-by-step instructions on how to create a blueprint from a template, see the help topic: Creating a blueprint from a template.

Note: The owner of the blueprint template is the administrator who created the template.

Allowing users to create new empty blueprints

By default, when creating a new blueprint, it will be based on the CloudShell Sandbox Template. If multiple templates were defined, users must select a template on which to base the blueprint. However, the Admin can enable users to create blueprints that are not based on a template. For more information, see Enabling the creation of empty blueprints

Note: Changes to the configuration file affect the entire system.

Filtering the display of the blueprint templates list

To filter the display of the blueprint templates list by domain:

  • In the toolbar, click the Domain drop-down list and select the required domain.

Deleting blueprint templates

This section explains how to delete blueprint templates from CloudShell.

Note:It is not possible to delete the CloudShell Sandbox Template that comes out of the box with CloudShell. If you no longer need it, edit the template and disassociate it from any domains.

To delete blueprint templates:

  1. Open the Manage dashboard.
  2. In the page navigation bar, click Blueprint Templates.
  3. Select the check box next to the template(s) to delete.
  4. In the toolbar, click