The extending machine lifecycles by using vRealize Orchestrator checklist provides a high-level overview of the steps required to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator to customize IaaS machine lifecycles.

Table 1. Extending Machine Lifecycles by Using vRealize Orchestrator Checklist

Task

Details

Check Box If you are using a standalone instance of vRealize Orchestrator, install the vRealize Automation plugin.

The plugin is already installed in the vRealize Orchestrator embedded in vRealize Automation. You can use the embedded instance for development or proof of concept deployments, but it is not recommended for use in production environments.

Install the vRealize Automation Plug-In On an External vRealize Orchestrator Server

Check Box Configure a vRealize Automation host for your vRealize Orchestrator.

Add a vRealize Automation Host

Check Box Configure an IaaS host for your vRealize Orchestrator.

Add an IaaS Host

Check Box Install the vRealize Orchestrator customizations for extending IaaS machine lifecycles.

Install vRealize Orchestrator Customization

Check Box Create a vRealize Automation endpoint for your vRealize Orchestrator instance.

Create a vRealize Orchestrator Endpoint

Check Box Use the workflow template provided in the Extensibility subdirectory of the vRealize Automation plugin library to create a custom vRealize Orchestrator workflow to run during the machine lifecycle. You can run multiple workflows in the same state for the same blueprint as long as you nest them under a single wrapper workflow.

For information about developing workflows with vRealize Orchestrator, see the vRealize Orchestrator documentation. For training in vRealize Orchestrator development for vRealize Automation integrations, see the training courses available from VMware Education and the instructional material provided by VMware Learning.

Check Box Run the provided workflow that inserts your custom workflow into an IaaS workflow stub and configures a blueprint to call the IaaS workflow stub.

Assign a State Change Workflow to a Blueprint and Its Virtual Machines