You might have items that are provisioned by sources different from the Advanced Service Designer, for example, by IaaS. You must create resource mappings so that you can create resource actions to manage those items.

You create a resource mapping to associate the resource type of an item, which is provisioned by a source different from the Advanced Service Designer, with a vCenter Orchestrator object type that is exposed through the API of the corresponding vCenter Orchestrator plug-in. You can use the resource mapping as an input parameter for a resource action workflow.

To create a resource mapping, you run a previously developed vCenter Orchestrator workflow. The resource mapping workflow must have an input of the type Properties and an output of the corresponding vCenter Orchestrator inventory type. The Properties input parameter must contain a key-value pair that define the catalog item. For information about developing workflows with vCenter Orchestrator, see Developing with VMware vCenter Orchestrator.

vCloud Automation Center provides resource mappings for vSphere virtual machines, vCloud Director virtual machines, and vCloud Director vApps. The resource mapping workflows are in the vCAC > ASD > Resource Mappings workflows folder in the default vCenter Orchestrator instance.