To create an advanced service for provisioning, you must create a custom resource to define the item for provisioning.

By creating a custom resource, you map as a resource an object type exposed through the API of a vCenter Orchestrator plug-in. You create a custom resource to define the output parameter of a service blueprint for provisioning and to define an input parameter of a resource action. If you do not create a custom resource, the service blueprint does not provision items on the Items tab and you cannot define post-provisioning operations for the provisioned items.

During the process of creating a custom resource, on the Details Form page, you can specify the fields of the read-only form for the resource that displays information on the details view of a provisioned item. See Designing a Custom Resource Form.

Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a service architect.

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Select Advanced Services > Custom Resources.

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Click Add (Add a custom resource).

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Enter the vCenter Orchestrator object type In the Orchestrator Type text box and press Enter.

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Enter a name and, optionally, a description.

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Click Next.

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Edit the form of the custom resource.

You can edit the custom resource form by deleting, editing, and rearranging elements. You can also add a new form and form pages and drag elements to the new form and form page.

Option

Description

Add a form

Click the New Form icon (Add a new element) next to the form name, provide the required information, and click Submit.

Add a form page

Click the New Page icon (Add a new element) next to the form page name, provide the required information, and click Submit.

Add an element to the form page

Drag an element from the New Fields pane on the left to the pane on the right. You can then provide the required information and click Submit.

The available elements are specific for the vCenter Orchestrator object type.

Edit an element

Click the Edit icon (Edit a field or a text box in a form page) next to the element to edit, make the necessary changes, and click Submit.

Delete an element

Click the Delete icon (Delete a field or a text box from the form page) next to the element to delete, and in the confirmation dialog box click OK.

Delete a form

Click the Delete icon (Delete a field or a text box from the form page) next to the form name, and in the confirmation dialog box click OK.

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Click Add.

You created a custom resource and you can see it on the Custom Resources page.

Create a service blueprint. See Create a Service Blueprint.