Advanced Service Design provides information about authoring advanced services in VMware vCloud® Automation Center™.

Advanced Service Design contains instructions about creating the major building blocks of an advanced service, such as resource types, service blueprints, and resource actions. Additionally, information about managing catalog items, organizing them into services and publishing the services to service catalogs is provided.

This documentation also contains information about VMware® vCenter™ Orchestrator™ and the vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins.


Not all features and capabilities of vCloud Automation Center are available in all editions. For a comparison of feature sets in each edition, see

This information is intended for advanced service architects, business group managers, tenant administrators, and approval administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology, data center management operations, and who also have strong experience with vCloud Automation Center and vCenter Orchestrator.

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to