You can set up vRealize Automation to use an external vRealize Orchestrator server.

About this task

System administrators can configure the default vRealize Orchestrator server globally for all tenants. Tenant administrators can configure the vRealize Orchestrator server only for their tenants.


  • Install and configure an external vRealize Orchestrator server. You can also deploy the vRealize Orchestrator Appliance. See Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator.

  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a system administrator or tenant administrator.


  1. To specify your Orchestrator server configurations, browse to the location based on your current version.



    vRealize Automation 6.2.1

    Select Administration > Orchestration Configuration > Server Configuration

    vRealize Automation 6.2

    Select Administration > Advanced Services > Server Configuration

  2. Click Use an external Orchestrator server.
  3. Enter a name and, optionally, a description.
  4. Enter the IP or the DNS name of the machine on which the vRealize Orchestrator server runs in the Host text box.
  5. Enter the port number to communicate with the external vRealize Orchestrator server in the Port text box.

    8281 is the default port for vRealize Orchestrator.

  6. Select the authentication type.



    Single Sign-On

    Connects to the vRealize Orchestrator server by using vCenter Single Sign-On.


    This option is applicable only if you configured the vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Automation to use one common vCenter Single Sign-On instance.


    Connects to the vRealize Orchestrator server with the user name and password that you enter in the User name and Password text boxes.

  7. Click Test Connection.
  8. Click Update.


You configured the connection to the external vRealize Orchestrator server, and the vCAC workflows folder and the related utility actions are automatically imported. The vCAC > ASD workflows folder contains workflows for configuring endpoints and creating resource mappings.

What to do next

Configure the vRealize Orchestrator plug-ins as endpoints. See Configuring Advanced Service Endpoints.