Creating location templates for SoftLayer

A location template defines virtual machine attributes such as operating system image type, data center location, and host type for the agent virtual machines to be hosted in the cloud. After creating location templates, when creating a cloud schedule, you associate the location templates with the schedule and specify the number of agent virtual machines to use to run the schedule.

Before you begin

About this task

If you must run the cloud schedule with virtual testers in geographically diverse locations, such as a user group in the Dallas data center and another user group in the Paris data center, you can create multiple location templates and associate them with one cloud schedule. When selecting data centers for agent virtual machines, remember that the distance between a data center and the location of your application and the number of hops it takes to reach the data center can make a difference to response times.

The choice of a host type can also determine response time. In a shared hypervisor, the underlying hardware could be shared with many other guest operating systems so it is important to add an auditing user group to ensure that response times are accurate. In a dedicated hypervisor, the hardware is not shared with other operating systems. A bare metal computer means a fully dedicated piece of hardware. The choice of a host type effects the cost of running the schedule in the cloud.


  1. Click File > New > Location Template
  2. Specify a name for the location template. The template is created.
  3. To connect to the cloud manager, click Connect.
  4. If the connection is successful, specify the location of data center, operating system image type, and host type for the agent virtual machines. If the connection fails, contact product support.
  5. Save the location template.

What to do next

You can create a cloud schedule and associate the location template to the schedule.