Something has changed in 7.3 – or at least past 7.0 (haven’t tried it in 7.1 / 7.2 I don’t think) – with location selections.
So either it is now broken (hence the word broken in single quotes) or it was broken before and wasn’t supposed to work like that 🙂 One way or another – either the implementation doesn’t work anymore or the documentation is out of date.
As per previous versions, the process to display the location request is as follow
1.Change the relevant XML file on the IaaS Server
Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\Website\XmlData\DataCenterLocations.xml
2. Restart the Management Service
3. Add the Sites to the Compute Resources
4. Tick ‘Display Location on request’
5. Request Blueprint and see location dropdown.
Note: The same process is still shown in the official vRA 7.3 Documentation HERE.
You will find – if you follow the process in vRA 7.3 – the drop down menu will be empty.
There are two ways of fixing it
a. Create a Reservation Policy and assign the policy to each of the Reservations associated to the the Compute Resources you have assigned a ‘Site’ to
That of course has a disadvantage – for instance, you cannot use other reservation policies anymore and you essentially have to use said Reservation Policy if you want locations – or
b. Use the Custom Property
And create your own drop down.
And then add the location property to your blueprint
Hope it makes sense.
Edit: All confirmed by VMware