The default workflows for managing vSphere inventory objects are the workflows included in the vCenter Server 5.5 plug-in workflow library. The vCenter Server 5.5 plug-in workflow library contains workflows that you can use to run automated processes related to the vCenter Server and host management.

To access workflows in the vSphere Web Client, make sure that you configure at least one running Orchestrator server to work with the same Single Sign-On instance to which both vCenter Server and vSphere Web Client are pointing. You must also ensure that Orchestrator is registered as a vCenter Server extension. You register Orchestrator as a vCenter Server extension when you specify a user (by providing the user name and password), who has the privileges to manage vCenter Server extensions. For more information, see Installing and Configuring VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

The common workflow to access the available workflows is the following:

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Configure the Orchestrator server with the same Single Sign-On insance to which both vCenter Server and vSphere Web Client point.

2

Ensure that Orchestrator is registered as a vCenter Server extension.

3

In the vSphere Web Client, configure the default Orchestrator server to use.

For instructions about configuring the default Orchestrator server, see Configure the Default vRealize Orchestrator.

4

(Optional) To see more workflows when you right-click an object from your vSphere inventory, you can associate workflows with different object types.

For instructions, see Associate Workflows with vSphere Inventory Object Types.

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Right-click a vSphere inventory object, such as a virtual machine, host, cluster, folder, datastore, resource pool, and so on, and select All vRealize Orchestrator plugin Actions.

Note

Only a predefined set of vCenter Server workflows are available by default in the pop-up menu. You can associate additional workflows with each vSphere object. See Associate Workflows with vSphere Inventory Object Types.