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Introducing Swagger UI on vRO 7.0.1

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Although vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) has provided API documentation built-in to the server, it was static content that could not be quickly used for tests or building queries. When a product provides a nice API explorer that not only tells you the available urls and basic docs, but also provides a web-based UI that allows you to quickly build up custom calls and shows you the generated content, the consumption and integration time for developers is reduced considerably. This article will provide a brief introduction to Orchestrator's latest API Documentation feature: Swagger !

Configure Linux networking with network manager

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I am working on a project where I need to apply live, permanent networking configuration changes to Linux VMs that may not even have a network configured in the first place.

Leveraging vCenter 6 vAPI REST endpoint

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vCenter 6 has introduced an important new feature for anyone interested in Automation and integration : a REST based endpoint providing access to some of the recent functionality such as the tagging service, the content library and transfer service : It is called  "VMware vCloud Suite SDK" and codenamed vAPI. In addition to the REST API it provides language bindings for Java, Python, .NET, Perl and Ruby. If you want to know more about vAPI you can read the blog article I wrote on the VMware CTO Ambassadors blog.
The following article is an introduction to using the vAPI REST Endpoint from vRealize Orchestrator REST plug-in. The concepts in this article may be useful even if you plan to consume the REST service with any REST client.

Synchronize Presentation Settings from embedded workflow

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VMware's vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) is all about modular, reusable components. Many times you wish to call an existing workflow from your own custom workflow but don't want to manually re-create all the different presentation settings. It's not such a big task if there are only one or two workflows, but how about when there are 10+ ? Good news is that you don't have to! This quick little video demonstrates how to Synchronize the Presentation of an embedded workflow to your own.

Postman + vRO = HTTP-REST Plug-in Operations

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In a previous article, I stepped through the process of working with vRealize Orchestrator's (vRO) REST API using the RestClient add-on for FireFox. This was before I was introduced to my new favorite REST client: POSTMAN! (@postmanclient) In this article, I'll provide a little detail on an approach you can use to improve your work with REST APIs and consuming them with Orchestrator's REST plug-in. Throughout the article, I will use a FreeNAS 9.3.x Virtual Appliance as my target endpoint since it is freely available, quick to setup, and has nice API documentation. Please note that the technique described here can be used for any API that Postman can access!