From What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 9.5 manual, we see there is a new plugin for vRealize Orchestrator, this new plugin allows workflows to work with the latest version of the vCD API (version 31.0). This enables developers to write codes in their scripts to automate all the new functions in vCD 9.5.


(digram showing building blocks regarding how vCloud Director and vRealize Orchestrator work together, graph taken from VMworld 2018 HYP1803BU session) 
The new plugin version supports multi-site vCD environments, so workflows can be executed on connections to normal as well as on multi-site enabled vCD connections.
You can see a list of modified actions introduced in this new plug-in here.
Today let’s see how easy it is to quickly standup the environment in order to test the new workflows for vCloud Director 9.5.

Install the Plug-in

From here, you can download the .vmoapp plug-in package to you local disk.


Then you can follow the VMware official document here to install this plug-in, after you have deployed the vRealize Orchestrator Appliance (I’m using the 7.5 version), you need to use the vRealize Orchestrator Control Center to import the package.

vRO startup

Click “Manage Plug-Ins” icon.


Upload your downloaded package and accept the EULA, then click “Install” button.



After the package installation, you’ll find the new imported vCloud item in the list.


Use the Plug-in

Now we want to start to use the plug-in, you then first start the Orchestrator Client.


Make sure you have already imported your vCD’s certificate into vRO or your connection to vCD will fail.


First we need to add a connection to your vCloud Director instance for the newly installed plug-in, input the host info and select the API version of 31.0. Why select this version? it’s because vCloud Director 9.5 use this API version based on the release notes highlighted here.


Because we are going to connect vRO to vCD 9.5, so we choose API version 31.0.

API version

If you want the new connection to be federated, select Yes.

By federating a connection, you can manage multiple vCloud Director entities with associated organizations in vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in for vCloud Director.


Click “Next” to continue the connection setup, input Organization/User name/Password info, then click “submit”.


If everything going well, you’ll see the workflow has been executed correctly.


Let’s switch to the Inventory tab, you can see there is a new vCD item showing up here, which means the configuration has been successfully setup.


Now you have completed the basic installation and configuration for the plug-in, you can now proceed to do the following testing tasks and develop your own custom automation workflows.

Hope this basic introduction help you quickly bring up your vRealize Orchestrator system in order for you to use the plug-in to run Orchestrator workflows that automate vCloud Director 9.5 processes. thanks!

P.S: you can learn more about vRealize Orchestrator and vCloud Director Extensibility from below resource:

  • HYP1803BU – Delivering Custom Services Through vCloud Director Extensibility [STREAM] [DOWNLOAD]