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Hello all you end user compute admins! If you've been waiting for a vCO plug-in for your Horizon environment, your wait is over. Join Aaron Black in this "Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator Horizon Plug In" video.

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Last year I have created an extensibility package to simplify and automate the steps necessary to extend the vCAC IaaS lifecycle process with calling out vCO workflows. While this was mainly aimed at accelerating Proof of Concepts it has been since then broadly adopted in production environments. Since vCAC 6.0 it is part of the product and available for vCAC 5.2 as a separate download.
Since this is now becoming a very hot topic I am including here a very useful extensibility introduction video that was released by my colleagues from tech marketing almost three months ago.
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One of the relatively new 5.x features of vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) is the ability to Enable a workflow to resume on failure. Essentially, this means that a workflow could fail 1/2 or 3/4 the way through and you could go and tell vCO to resume that workflow, perhaps after fixing whatever issue caused it to fail in the first place, rather than start a fresh instance of the workflow.

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vCO has again been extended with a new plug-in an updates of existing plug-ins.

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In a previous article I have explained how the vCO dynamic Types allow to simplify the development of vCO plug-ins and how these are leveraged by VMware vCloud Automation Center XaaS. It is now time to experiment with creating a plugin with leveraging the Dynamic Types plug-in generator package.

Warning : You can do it without Java development experience and without having to write a single line of scripting !

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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.

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If you're reading this article, it may be because you have installed vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) and are interested in using an account other than This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to login to the embedded vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) server. By default, the vCO Server uses a "vcoadmins" group in the "vsphere.local" domain provided by the SSO server that vCAC was configured to use. This short tutorial will step you through a pretty basic configuration where I have just deployed a vCAC 6.x appliance and wish to use my domain account for vCO login.
NOTE: Article updated Jan 26, 2015

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