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Recently I saw a pair of articles by @RoeyAzroel on vRO XML & JSON Gotcha! - Part 1 and Part 2. This reminded me that I had some sample code that I refer to when working with json as well so figured I would share here.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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In part 1 and part 2 we created the inventory objects, in part 3 we created methods for this objects and ran a generic workflow to run these methods.
In this article we will create workflows for calling these methods, include them in a package with all the plug-in configuration to ship it to our end users.
This category of articles will be dedicated to Home Labs :)

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