One of the challenges every customer faces when deploying VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) is trying to figure out what services you want to offer, and to whom you want them offered. VMware and other third-party vendors have been creating different plug-ins and workflows to help customers along their journey to ITaaS, and these workflows can be found on the VMware Solution Exchange website. One of the latest plug-ins available is the Horizon 6.0 plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) that allows administrators to run automated workflows with the VMware vSphere Web Client and VMware vCAC 6.0.1/6.1.
So let’s take a closer look at how you can configure Horizon to provide automation services based on different roles logging on to the vCAC portal. Refer to the Horizon vCO Plug-in documentation for complete details.
- Verify that the Horizon plug-in installed correctly and the SSL certificates for the Horizon components have been added to the SSL Trust Manager in the vCO Configuration page.
- In the vCO client, run the “Add View Pod in Configuration” workflow to setup a pod connection to your Horizon environment. NOTE: Enter a single View Connection Server and not a load balanced VIP or FQDN.
- In the vCO client, run the “Add Delegated Administrator Configuration” to configure which admins can run workflows and to which specific desktop pools and/or application pools.
- Open the vCO Client and select a workflow that will be used in vCAC. Right-click and duplicate it.
- Edit the workflow by clicking the Presentation tab and then inputting the appropriate information to bind the workflow to a specific pod and the app/desktop pool id. Make sure that the data binding is entered using quotation marks (i.e. “EVP_VSAN”).
- Open the vCAC console and add the workflow using the Advanced Services tab. When finished, publish the workflow and then add it as a catalog item for a new or existing service.
- Login to vCAC as a user with rights to execute the service item and run the service.
- The administrator can now verify the service has completed by review the Horizon View Admin console, or checking the vSphere Web Client (if creating a new virtual desktop).