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vCenter Orchestrator uses a powerful log service. This article explains the basics of this service and possible configuration changes.

This article will identify the log files currently in use for a typical vCO server installation. Additionally, it will address the following areas of interest:

  • Server Log rollover control: MaxFileSize and MaxBackupIndex
  • Enable REST call logging in the vCloud Director Plug-in
  • Enable logging to a SYSLOG server
  • Setting the server and all components to debug mode

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One of our contributing authors, Sergio Sanchez, has just published a three-part video series on Developing your first VMware vCO Workflow. In this series, Sergio steps you through the process of creating a new workflow to power on a VM and send e-mail from scratch. A couple library actions, a decision box, scriptable tasks, and error handling will be used throughout the series. The actions taken during this video series will be common across nearly all custom workflow development you perform in the future so it serves as a great basis to get you started.

 

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Need vCO to fetch some data from a database for integration purposes ? There is an easy solution with creating a plug-in ...

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Getting started with Perspectives Webview

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If you have been following VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) for a while, it is likely that you have already seen the Perspectives webview in action. It has been used in one or more vCO demos as a web-based interface to launch a specific set of workflows. A web-based interface for launching workflows is a common requirement in organizations and likely a more secure method.

What is Perspectives? How can you start using it? Learn more in our previous article: VMware Labs released the Perspectives Plug-in

Read on to learn how to install, configure, and use the Perspectives Web View!

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In some use cases you may want to customize the name of the workflow run/execution to suit your needs. For example it may be more practical to browse the workflow runs with having the name of the object the operation ran on such as "Deploy vApp tcWebServer" instead of the default "Deploy vApp". It can also be usefull if you use the workflow run as a way to identify a particular one from an external application having an ID for it. You can always add this ID as an input variable and search matching IDs in all the workflow runs but it makes it a bt more complicated. The issue with this is that the workflow run uses the name of his parent workflow by design. Some of my colleagues found ways to hack into the vCO database but there is a simpler solution.

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