Workflows receive input parameters and generate output parameters when they run.

Input Parameters

Most workflows require a certain set of input parameters to run. An input parameter is an argument that the workflow processes when it starts. The user, an application, another workflow, or an action passes input parameters to a workflow for the workflow to process when it starts.

For example, if a workflow resets a virtual machine, the workflow requires as an input parameter the name of the virtual machine.

Output Parameters

A workflow's output parameters represent the result from the workflow run. Output parameters can change when a workflow or a workflow element runs. While workflows run, they can receive the output parameters of other workflows as input parameters.

For example, if a workflow creates a snapshot of a virtual machine, the output parameter for the workflow is the resulting snapshot.