What does vCenter Orchestrator do ?

vCO allows you to design and run IT process automation workflows. For example, you can run high-level process workflows, such as a complex provisioning process that includes several technical sub-workflows, such as a workflow to clone a vCenter virtual machine.

Some basic ideas include:

  • Get all VMs for a specified Folder/ResourcePool/Datacenter and then:
    • Cleanup all the old snapshots
    • Disconnect all removable media
  • Migrate VM Templates from host that is going to be put into Maintenance mode
The possibilities are endless. With a huge library of Workflow and Action building blocks, and a growing number of 3rd party vCO plugins, any number of processes can be automated and built as a reusable solution.