The easiest way to create a Web view is to use a template. Orchestrator provides a default Web view template to help you create Web views.

You can use the default template to create a simple Web view called Virtual Machine Manager. You can find a ready-made version of the Virtual Machine Manager sample Web view in the bundle of Orchestrator examples.


If you install the Virtual Machine Manager Web view from the Orchestrator samples bundle, you must edit the vmFolder attribute to point to a virtual machine folder in your vCenter Server before you publish the Web view.


To create a Web view by using the default Web view template, you must import the template to the Orchestrator client.


You edit the HTML files and Web view components of the Virtual Machine Manager Web view on your local system, using Web development tools.


To avoid conflicts if you run multiple Web views in the same Orchestrator server, you must make sure that all Web view components have unique names.


During the Web view development process, you can configure the Orchestrator server to publish the Web view from a working folder rather than from the Orchestrator server.


You create the home page of the Virtual Machine Manager Web view in the default.html file. The default.html file must be at the root of the working directory.


You can add a vco:ListPane component to the Virtual Machine Manager Web view home page to display a list of vCenter Server objects.


The vco:ListPane component refers to Web view attributes that provide an action to obtain an array of virtual machines from the server and the virtual machine folder from which to obtain them.


The vco:ListPane component lists virtual machines in the left side of the Web view. You can create a Web view component to show information about each virtual machine in a Web view panel on the right side.


The default Web view template provides a Menu component that you can use to create navigation tabs in a Web view.


You add links to run workflows from a Web view by using the vco:WorkflowLink component. You define the workflows to run by setting Web view attributes.


You can customize the appearance of the Web view by adjusting the custom.css style sheet and changing the images in the \images folder.


After you finish developing the Virtual Machine Manager, you must disable Web view development mode, import the Web view from your working directory to the Orchestrator server, and publish the Web view.