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
- Download the VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for Horizon 1.1 from here
- Launch the vCenter Orchestrator Configuration page, usually https://localhost:8283
- Click Plug-ins on the left and choose Install new plug-in
- Browse and select the .vmoapp you downloaded in Step 1
- Once uploaded, it will initiate the plugin installation – accept the EULA
- 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.”
- Now we need to restart first the Orchestrator service, and second the Configuration service
- Re-launch the Configuration page and you should now see the Enabled status as “Installation OK”
- To verify the plugin data, login to the Orchestrator Client Application and verify you see the Horizon Library with the provided default 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!