Installing vCenter Orchestrator 4.1 (vCO)

The steps to install a vCO standalone server are as follows:

  • Build a Windows 2008R2 VM [64 bit required]
  • Disable the firewall
  • Install the Powershell role
  • Install .NET 3.5SP1
  • Install MS-SQL Express. Use Windows authentication. Set a password for “sa” and root.
  • Create an SQL instance [say called VCO]. Enable TCP, disable dynamic ports, use port 1433.
  • Run the vCenterOrchestrator.exe program
  • Use the web configuration interface [default username vmware, password vmware]:
  • Configure Network
  • Configure LDAP (LDAP hosts, LDAP root path, UserID to search the domain, User Lookup Base, VCO Admin Group
  • Install and configure Database (user, password, database name, instance, Use Windows authentication)
  • Create SSL and server certificates
  • Install vCO licenses (point to vCenter Server)
  • Install vCO plugins (user id and password to vCenter Server)
  • Point vCO to a vCenter Server
  • Configure Start up options (Install vCO Server as a service)

NB, there are two services, the vCO configuration server, and the vCO Server itself.

Then login to the vCO server using the GUI. Strangely enough, you can’t use “localhost”

And now you can create workflows:

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