The default workflows for managing vSphere inventory objects are the workflows included in the vCenter Server 5.1 plug-in workflow library. The vCenter Server 5.1 plug-in workflow library contains workflows that you can use to run automated processes related to the vCenter Server and host management.

Workflows in the vSphere Web Client are accessible only when you have at least one running Orchestrator server configured to work with the vCenter Server instance that is registered with your vSphere Web Client.

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

1

Register a vCenter Server instance with the vSphere Web Client.

For instructions about how to register vCenter Server with the vSphere Web Client see Register a vCenter Server System with the vSphere Web Client.

2

Configure the Orchestrator server to work with the vCenter Server instance you have registered with the vSphere Web Client.

You can configure Orchestrator to work with a vCenter Server instance by adding the vCenter Server instance as a host in the Orchestrator plug-in for vCenter Server. For instructions about configuring the vCenter Server plug-in, see Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator.

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 vCenter 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.

5

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