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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!

Log plug-ins HTTP communications

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A lot of the Orchestrator plug-ins use the Apache HTTP client to communicate with the target hosts. You may want to log the HTTP communications for many purposes:
  • Understanding how vCO does the API calls
  • Troubleshoot a problem with a target host
  • Re-engineering an existing call with capturing it, changing it as you like and use it via the REST or SOAP plug-in
  • Brag you have found an "Onyx" like functionality for most Orchestrated products wink

This article will guide you on how to log these calls to a file.

Plug-in Generator v2 advanced techniques

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In previous tutorials we created inventory object types, their children objects, workflows to operate these that we packaged for our end users.
In this tutorial we are going to create an orchestrator plug-in to list vCO / vRO workflows ! You may wonder why doing so ?
This is a good use case for leveraging some of the more advanced features of the plug-in generator v2 to handle complex REST APIs and improving performance when needed.

Create a plug-in for a REST based web service in minutes - Part 3

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Part 1 of the plug-in generator v2 series covered how to create new plug-in inventory types, part 2 how to create their child object types. This part will focus on how to define object methods and associated workflows. Having Orchestrator inventory types is a necessity to use with vRealize Automation (formerly vCAC) Advanced Service Designer. Once you have these inventory objects you may wonder how to use these in workflows. This is what this article covers.

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Below are my thoughts for a vSAN nuc lab. Since I already have cables, not including them here. I ordered (and received by Nov 30, 2016)
3 x nuc, 3 x 32GB Crucial mem, 3 x Toshiba NVMe drive, 3 x Startech USB to GB NIC, and 3 x Crucial 1TB SSD. I've also been very happy with my Cisco SG300-10 so I bought one more since my existing one only has one port available. Each of the items listed here are linked below - all were purchased using the provided links below.
single NIC (See this post for details on using the USB -> GB NIC item listed below

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