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This article is the first in a series of tutorials for developing a basic VM self service portal. It is meant to be educational rather than exhaustive. Other articles will follow up for supporting more advanced features and a less static configuration.

Concepts covered in this article include:

  1. How to create a simple Workflow
  2. How to map inputs, outputs, and attributes
  3. How to launch a Workflow from a webview, using the vCenter Orchestrator Weboperator
  4. How to launch a Workflow from the vCenter Orchestrator Client
NOTE: Webviews were deprecated and removed in vRealize Orchestrator 7.0 - this article only applies to earlier versions of Orchestrator.

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To increase usability and acceptance of vCO we - mightycare solution - created a vCO Plugin for vSphere Client. So admins and users has a direct access to the big world of vCO workflows. Actual our Beta comes up with following features:

  • customizable context menu for virtual machines
  • state and parameter values for running workflows
  • optional prompt for finished workflows with values and state (can be checked for each flow)
  • customizable input for input parameters - predefined or prompt for input (for each parameter in each flow)
  • all settings per user, saved in registry - roaming user friendly
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Are you getting started with VMware's vCenter Orchestrator? vCO can be a challenge or a breeze to learn depending on your skill sets and what you're trying to accomplish. It allows for the creation of very complicated workflows with minimal effort if you know where to look and are familiar with the interface. Knowing where to look can sometimes be key.

I've launched this site in an effort to help enlighten those getting started with vCO so I welcome your feedback. Please take a moment to either reply to this post or use the Contact Us form to submit your recommendations for topics that I may cover in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

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This article will describe the steps necessary to install and configure VMware vCenter Orchestrator (VCO). Parts of the configuration are often a challenge even for experienced administrators. My goal here is to help you get a functional VCO server up and running.

I've even put together a step-by-step video on How to Install vCenter Orchestrator here on ! Take a look & tell your colleagues!

vCO Plug-in