Developing a simple example workflow demonstrates the most common steps in the workflow development process.

Before you begin

Before you attempt to develop the simple example workflow, read Key Concepts of Workflows.

About this task

The example workflow that you are about to create starts an existing virtual machine in vCenter Server and sends an email to the administrator to confirm that the virtual machine has started.

The example workflow performs the following tasks:

  1. Prompts the user to select a virtual machine to start.

  2. Prompts the user for an email address to which it can send notifications.

  3. Checks whether the selected virtual machine is already powered on.

  4. Sends a request to the vCenter Server instance to start the virtual machine.

  5. Waits for vCenter Server to start the virtual machine, and returns an error if the virtual machine fails to start or if starting the virtual machine takes too long.

  6. Waits for vCenter Server to start VMware Tools on the virtual machine, and returns an error if the virtual machine fails to start or if starting VMware Tools takes too long.

  7. Verifies that the virtual machine is running.

  8. Sends a notification to the provided email address, informing that the machine has started or that an error occurred.

The ZIP file of Orchestrator examples available for download from the landing page of the Orchestrator documentation contains a complete version of the Start VM and Send Email workflow.

The process for developing the example workflow consists of several tasks.