Hi, I want to create a webpage that will help in vmware deployment process.
We have a big environment and at times i see people do not follow the run book.
My suggestion/plan is to have a webpage, which will have all the required fields and it will force people to follow the naming standards or placing VMs in proper datastore accoring to their tiers OR using the proper network configuration if the VM is part of lab cluster. etc...
Basically a workflow and orchestrator forces people to follow it.
Is this possible in orchestrator. OR do you know any other solution to help me out here.
Can you give me some pointers. I want to implement this solution in my environment
It may be worthwhile going through the tutorial we put together on such a process:
You need to start at your scope and define your workflows before even opening Orchestrator.
What are you trying to achieve? Deploy from a golden template or from an installation ISO? Windows or Linux? Do you need post-installation tasks (joining a domain, adding extra disks). Do deployments need approval from another party?
I would recommend starting small, deploying a single server type and getting that right and then look at the web-portal side of things after that.
Things to think about:
*What are your constants (attributes in vCO talk)?
*What are your input values, what output will you be wanting from them?
I would suggest having a look at the workflow "Clone virtual machine, no customization" to begin with to get a feel for how things work and then move onto "Clone, Windows with single NIC and credential".
I would also suggest the following plugins:
*Active Directory - to do AD related tasks
*vix - to do guest related tasks
*Perspectives - for the web portal side of things. A lot easier than Web Views.
From where did you download those additional plugins? Where you able to complete the workflow ?
Find the plug-ins here:
For the AD plugin, you can get that here:
VIX and Perspectives plugins can be found here:
We used the Portal link defined above, and modified it to our needs, works well for us using 4 VirtualCenters. There a lot of moving parts, and you need to ensure the proper plug-ins are defined, but once you work through that it works well. The biggest PITA is the AD part-Because of LDAP issues have your users in one domain, and the service accounts in another, we had to ensure they were all in the same location.