Objective 7.2 – Utilise basic workflows using Orchestrator

Configure and manage vCenter Orchestrator

From the vCO appliance console we get the following information:


If we browse the the vCenter Orchestrator Appliance Home Page we can:

  • Start the Orchestrator Client
  • Run and Monitor workflows in the browser
  • Download the vCO client
  • Configure the Orchestrator server
  • Develop with the Orchestrator Server
  • Get to the vCO documentation


First step is to configure the vCO server:


From here we can restart the services or server, configure the network and SSL certificate as well as configure authentication.

After the first install the vCenter certificate must be uploaded to the vCO server and the authentication settings configured.

Add Orchestrator to vCenter

To add vCO to a vCenter we can run a built in workflow. To do this download and install the vCO client and launch the client from the vCO home page (this can also be done as a web operator without the need to install the client). To run the workflow, browse to “Workflows”, then Library, vCenter, Configuration then “Add a vCenter Server Instance”:


Create basic vCenter management workflows/Troubleshoot existing workflows

Existing workflows can be dragged into new workflows. To be honest I am not an expert user of vCO (far from it so in the context of the VCAP exam I am giong to have to do a lot more work on the vCO workflow creation and Troubleshoot!


Import/export packages

vCO packages can be import and export from the vCO client, browse to the Design or Admin focus and select Packages, right click an existing package and select export or right click on some free space and select import: