- A really powerful framework to control workflow using built-in and self created custom properties.
- Custom properties are case sensitive!
- Use custom properties to customize machine through these stages
- You should create an own namespace for properties to avoid conflicts with built-in properties.
- VMware provides Custom Property Reference Guides at:
- Built-in properties are executed automatically. For example VMware.VirtualCenter.Folder puts the vSphere VM into the defined folder during a clone action.
- Property can by encrypted.
- A user can be prompted to enter a value during request process
- Values are not check by system so there should be a workflow that validates the entered values.
- Properties and their values can be used to:
- Customize OS (sysprep, …)
- Provide additional build information
- Define disk provisioning (thin, thick)
- Auditing and reporting information (e.g. machine ID)
- Integrate a machine with systems like HP SIM, …
- A vCO workflow can use, create and set such properties
- Custom properties can be defined for these objects
- Business groups
- Build profiles
- Compute resources
(This is also the override-order when the same properties are defined on different levels of vCAC)
- Pre Approval: must be approved before deployment starts.
- Post Approval: deployment starts, but the user gets the created objects after the approval.
- Approval policy can’t be changed. You can copy the policy and apply it.
- Notification can be sent by mail.
Available options are:
- vCloud Automation Center Designer [deprecated]
- vCenter Orchestrator
- Advanced Services Desinger (XaaS)
- Development Toolkit (Cloud Development Kit is needed)