Advanced Service Design provides information about authoring advanced services in VMware vRealize Automation.

Advanced Service Design contains instructions about creating the major building blocks of an advanced service, such as resource types, resource mappings, service blueprints, and resource actions. Additionally, information about managing catalog items, organizing them into services and publishing the services to service catalogs is provided.

This documentation also contains information about VMware vRealize Orchestrator and the vRealize Orchestrator plug-ins.


Not all features and capabilities of vRealize Automation are available in all editions. For a comparison of feature sets in each edition, see

Intended Audience

This information is intended for advanced service architects, business group managers, tenant administrators, approval administrators, and system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology, data center management operations, and who also have strong experience with vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator.

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