When you create advanced service blueprints, custom resource actions, and custom resources, you can edit the forms of the blueprints, actions, and resources by using the form designer. You can edit the representation and define what the consumers of the item or action see when they request the catalog item or run the post-provisioning operation.

By default, any service blueprint, resource action, or custom resource form is generated based on the workflow presentation in vCenter Orchestrator.

Workflow representation of the Create cluster workflow in the Orchestrator UI.

The steps in the vCenter Orchestrator presentation are represented as form pages and the vCenter Orchestrator presentation groups are represented as separate sections. The input types of the selected workflow are displayed as various fields in the form. For example, the vCenter Orchestrator type string is represented by a text box. A complex type such as VC:VirtualMachine is represented by a search box or a tree, so that the consumers can type an alphanumeric value to search for a virtual machine or browse to select a virtual machine.

Workflow representation of the Create a cluster workflow in the vCloud Automation Center UI.

You can edit how an object is represented in the form designer. For example, you can edit the default VC:VirtualMachine representation and make it a tree instead of a search box. You can also add new fields such as check boxes, drop-down menus, and so on, and apply various constraints. If the new fields you add are not valid or are not correctly mapped to the vCenter Orchestrator workflow inputs, when the consumer runs the workflow, vCenter Orchestrator skips the invalid or unmapped fields.