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Read more ...The goal of this tutorial is to create a simple workflow with a single string input that will be passed to a locally hosted Perl script for execution. The results of the script will be returned to vCO and stored in the workflow output. This could come in handy if you have existing systems that already have Perl based management scripts and you wish to incorporate their automation into your Orchestration policies.

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Read more ...Quite some time ago I had the need to retrieve the supported HW versions for an environment.. I don't remember what the project was, but it wasn't terribly important so I didn't bother digging deeper to figure things out - I just worked around the issue. Last month William Lam posted an article on how to do this with PERL.

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As vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) gains traction, so too does the need for details on how to extend it using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO). I have kept an eye out for good articles on vCAC and just saw a great one at the DailyHypervisor.com blog around Adding a computer account to Active Directory OU. This is something that we had done for LifeCycleManager (LCM) quite some time back and feel it is a good candidate for a vCO-centeric article. So a quick thanks to Sid Smith for his article. Our focus will be on deleting the Computer Object from Active Directory when the Machine gets decommissioned. The techniques described here will help understand the steps needed for other integrations as well. This task can obviously be performed by PowerShell, dsrem.exe, and any other number of methods, but this article will provide you with a vCO way to do it. It should also be noted that vCAC has an AD Clean-Up wizard that will remove the machine record form AD when configured, but it may not have the logging capabilities that are used in this vCO example.

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VMware education has updated the vCenter Orchestrator instructional videos with new items. See the complete list below.

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The purpose of this article is to provide readers with instructions on how to give vCO the ability to read and write Microsoft Excel files (xls / xlsx). Yes, it is 2013 yet there are plenty of reasons why organizations might still be using an Excel spreadsheet instead of a database table.. We won't dwell on that here, instead we'll focus on providing those organizations with a step-by-step guide to provide such functionality to vCenter Orchestrator. We'll discuss two approaches here: JDBC library and PowerShell.

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