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VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1 Release Notes

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1 | 22 April 2014 | Build 1734355

VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 | 11 March 2014 | Build 1617131

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

Introduction to the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vSphere Auto Deploy allows organizations to simplify and reduce the time that stateless ESXi hosts take to boot.

vSphere Auto Deploy maintains ESXi host profiles and facilitates the provisioning of ESXi with PXE boot on physical hosts, thus bringing stateless capabilities to ESXi. The vSphere Auto Deploy plug-in includes many out-of-the box workflows to automate tasks such as managing host mapping rules and provisioning ESXi hosts. This allows organizations to automate the provisioning of additional virtual capacity without requiring any human intervention. The plug-in also offers workflows for operations such as retrieving the relationships between hosts and rules or host profiles, allowing administrators to understand the impact of rule changes.

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1 release runs on VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 and requires vCenter Server 5.5 or 5.5.1. For instructions about installing and configuring the plug-in, see the Using the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 1.0.x.

You can download version 5.5.1 from the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy download page.

For information about vCenter Orchestrator and vCenter Orchestrator plug-ins, see:

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What's New in VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1

Version 5.5.1 of the Auto Deploy plug-in resolves important issues and introduces the following new features:

  • Adds a new workflow named Apply image profile on hosts that lets you associate an image profile with ESXi hosts.
  • Adds support for shared session connections to vCenter Server.

vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1 uses a new configuration API and is not compatible with versions of vCenter Orchestrator earlier than 5.5.1. Due to the common SSL trusted store support, all SSL certificates are now managed by the Import a certificate from URL workflow, which is shipped with the platform as part of vCenter Orchestrator Configuration plug-in.

Earlier Releases of the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy

Features and issues from earlier releases of the Auto Deploy plug-in are described in the release notes for each release. To review release notes for earlier releases of the Auto Deploy plug-in, click one of the following links:

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1:

  • You can now set multiple patterns for the deploy rules.
    Each pattern must be placed in quotation marks separated by commas.

  • Password fields now can be set in answer files.

Known Issues

The following issues are known limitations in the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vSphere Auto Deploy 5.5.1 release:

  • The Auto Deploy plug-in supports only online depots
    You can use only depots accessible through URL. Offline depots such as ZIP files are not supported.

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