Thursday, August 6, 2015

Automating with the Horizon vCO plugin for VMware Horizon Part 1 - Installation

Using the Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin allows you to automate provisioning tasks, allow end user self-service tasks, configure entitlements and more in VMware Horizon 6 thereby reducing the need for internal email correspondence and exception handling. For a full list of functionality, you'll want to see the Administrator's Guide. The official guide is certainly a good read and can be found here.

This post assumes you already have vCenter Orchestrator installed.
Installing the plugin


  1. Download the VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for Horizon 1.1 from here

  2. Launch the vCenter Orchestrator Configuration page, usually https://localhost:8283

  3. Click Plug-ins on the left and choose Install new plug-in

  4. Browse and select the .vmoapp you downloaded in Step 1

  5. Once uploaded, it will initiate the plugin installation - accept the EULA
    EULA

  6. When it completes, you should see it listed in the Enabled plug-ins installation status with a note "Will perform installation at next server startup."
    install-1

  7. Now we need to restart first the Orchestrator service, and second the Configuration service
    install-2-service

  8. Re-launch the Configuration page and you should now see the Enabled status as "Installation OK"
    install-3

  9. To verify the plugin data, login to the Orchestrator Client Application and verify you see the Horizon Library with the provided default Workflows
    workflows


This is Part 1 in a series on using vCO with Horizon so please subscribe or check back often to stay up to date!
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