Introduction to vRealize Orchestrator Client

The vRealize Orchestrator Client is the main interface to develop, see and run workflows.  In this exercise, you will familiarize yourself with the vRealize Orchestrator Client user interface.

Launch vRealize Orchestrator Client

Double click on the vRealize Orchestrator Client icon on the desktop.

Log In to vRealize Orchestrator

Use the following credentials

  1. Host name: vro-01a.corp.local:8281
  2. User name: administrator@vsphere.local
  3. Password: VMware1!
  4. Click Login

Review the Three Different Views

After log in to the vRealize Orchestrator Client, the Run view is selected by Default.

  1. Click the dropdown menu at the top of the client to see the other views available: Design and Administer
    Keep Run view selected

This section will cover the differences in the three views.

Run View

Within this view you can schedule tasks, manage policies, run workflows, access the inventory, and manage permissions. The tabs shown in the screenshot are available on the left side of the client window.  Take some time to click on each of the tabs and explore what is available in each.

  1. My Orchestrator - Summarizes the most recent activities on the Orchestrator server, such as recently modified elements, pending and running workflows, running policies, completed workflows, and workflows that are waiting for user interaction. You can use the My Orchestrator view to perform common administrative tasks such as running a workflow, importing a package, and setting root access rights.
  2. Scheduler - Displays a list of all scheduled workflows. The workflows are sorted by name or date, together with their status. You can use the Scheduler view to create, edit, suspend, resume, and cancel scheduled workflows
  3. Policies - Displays existing policies. You can use the Policies view to create and apply policies. Policies in vRealize Orchestrator are a series of rules, gauges, thresholds, and event filters that run certain workflows or scripts when specific predefined events occur either in Orchestrator or in the platforms that Orchestrator can access through plug-ins.
  4. Workflows - Provides access to the Orchestrator workflow library. You can use the Workflows view to view information about each workflow. You can also use this view to create, edit, run and interact with workflows.
  5. Inventory - Displays the objects of the plug-ins that are enabled in Orchestrator. You can use the Inventory view to run workflows on an inventory object.

Select the Design View

  1. Click the dropdown menu at the top of the client, and select the Design View

Design view

Within this view you can create and modify workflows and actions. You can also manage resources, configuration elements, and policy templates. The tabs shown in the screenshot are available on the left side of the client.  Take some time to click on each of the tabs and explore what is available in each.

  1. Workflows - Provides access to the Orchestrator workflow library. You can use the Workflows view to view information about each workflow, create, edit, and run workflows, as well as to interact with the workflows.
  2. Actions - Provides access to the libraries of predefined actions. You can use the Actions view to duplicate actions, export them to a file, or move them to a different module in the actions hierarchical list.
  3. Resources - Provides access to the list of resource elements. You can use the Resources view to import external objects such as images, sysprep files, HTML templates, XML templates, and custom scripts. In turn, you can then use these as resource elements within workflows.
  4. Configurations - Provides access to the available configuration elements. You can use the Actions view to create configuration elements to define common attributes across an Orchestrator server.
  5. Packages - Displays a list of the available packages and where a selected package is used. You can use the Packages view to add, import, export, and synchronize packages.
  6. Inventory - Displays the objects of the plug-ins that are enabled in Orchestrator. You can use the Inventory view to run workflows on an inventory object. 

Select Administer View

  1. Click the dropdown menu at the top of the client, and select the Administer View

Administer View

Within this view you can access the inventory and manage authorizations and packages. The tabs shown in the screenshot are available on the left side of the client. Take some time to click on each of the tabs and explore what is available in each.

  1. Inventory - Displays the objects of the plug-ins that are enabled in Orchestrator. You can use the Inventory view to run workflows on an inventory object.
  2. Policy Templates - Displays a list of the available master policies. You can use the Policy Templates view to create policy templates.
  3. Authorizations - Displays a list of the available authorization elements. You can use the Authorizations view to create and edit authorization elements.
  4. Packages - Displays a list of the available packages and where a selected package is used. You can use the Packages view to add, import, export, and synchronize packages.