- Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:07
- Written by Christophe Decanini
Warning : You can do it without Java development experience and without having to write a single line of scripting !
You may have noticed that the vCO 5.5.1 release notes are listing a new feature called "Dynamic Types"
"Workflow developers are now able to explore the new Dynamic Types which currently is being shipped with Beta quality. They can easily extend vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins by adding their custom types accessible from the scripting API. New types become available in the inventory right after creation and they could be directly leveraged from the vCAC ASD context as part of the cloud provisioning process and XaaS definition."
This article explores how the Dynamic Types can be leveraged to create your own mini vCO plug-ins without having any Java development skills.
NOTE: Article updated Jan 26, 2015
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