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VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5 Release Notes

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5 | 14 Nov 2013 | Build 1421257

VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 | 22 Sep 2013 | Build 1281930

VMware vCloud Director 5.5 | 22 Sep 2013 | Build 1311078

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What's in the Release Notes

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Introduction to the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Director allows cloud administrators to simplify the management of their cloud infrastructure by extending the robust workflow automation platform of VMware to the vCloud environment. These workflows are built using the drag-and-drop capability of the workflow editor in the Orchestrator client. vCenter Orchestrator uses the plug-in to access the functionality of vCloud Director and the vCloud API. The included, pre-built workflows simplify the process to get you started with custom workflow creation.

The VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Director 5.5 release runs on VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5. The plug-in is compatible with VMware vCloud Director 5.5. For instructions about installing and configuring the plug-in, see Using the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5.

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What's New in the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5

With this release, the vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Director is completely updated to manage vCloud Director 5.5 environments. In addition to this, the new version provides enhanced performance of the object finder methods and significant bug fixes in the out of the box content.

Cloud administrators can easily update, delete, disable, or enable vCloud Director host connections by using the dedicated workflows. The cache timeout is no more a hard-coded value in the plug-in and it is easily configurable through the plug-in settings.

Additionally, Cloud administrators are now able to automate the management of vApp and virtual machine snapshots, as the corresponding functionality is directly exposed through the scripting objects of the vCloud Director 5.5 plug-in.

You can download version 5.5 from the VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Director download page.

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Earlier Releases of the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director

Features and issues from earlier releases of the vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Director are described in the release notes for each release. To review release notes for earlier releases of the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director, click one of the following links:

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Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved in the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5 release:

  • Incorrect method behavior

    The VclGateway.toXml(), VclGatewayConfiguration.toXml(), VclGatewayFeatures.toXml(), and VclFirewallService.toXml() methods always return null.

    This issue is resolved in this release and the methods return XML representation.

  • Edge gateways do not appear in the inventory

    If you access the vCloud Director plug-in inventory in the Orchestrator client as an organization administrator, you cannot view edge gateways.

    This issue is resolved in this release and the edge gateways appear in the vCloud Director > Connection_name > Organizations > Organization_name > vDCs > vDC_name > Gateways branch of the plug-in inventory.

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Known Issues

The following issues are known to occur in the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In for vCloud Director 5.5 release:

  • Issue with adding a connection to a vCloud Director host from the Orchestrator configuration interface

    When you use the session per user authentication mode and add a connection to a vCloud Director host from the Orchestrator configuration interface, you do not receive an error message if an SSL certificate is missing. As a result, you cannot access vCloud Director inventory objects from the Orchestrator client and error messages appear in the log.

    Workaround: Verify that you have imported an SSL certificate before you add a connection to a vCloud Director host.

  • Clone operations leave an empty object in the parent virtual datacenter

    When you clone an object and select the deleteSource option, the object is moved but the source is not deleted from the cache.

    Workaround: Use updateInternalState() function to update the vCloud Director and remove the source from the cache.

  • The Set up an AMQP broker workflow does not show all SSL options

    When you run the Set up an AMQP broker workflow and select the Use SSL option, the certificates and SSL properties do not appear.

    Workaround: Create a custom workflow that uploads the SSL certificate.

  • The created hard disk does not attach to a specified virtual machine

    When you create a new hard disk and add a virtual machine to attach, the disk is created but it is not attached to the virtual machine.

    Workaround: Run Attach a hard disk workflow.

  • Not all actions and workflows are removed after Orchestrator, and plug-in upgrade

    If you have vCenter Orchestrator 4.1.x or 4.2.x and vCloud Director plug-in 1.x, and you upgrade to Orchestrator 5.1 and vCloud Director plug-in 5.1, some actions and workflows from the plug-in's previous version might remain in the library, but cannot work with version 5.1.

  • Incorrect VclOrganization.enabled attribute behavior

    The VclOrganization.enabled attribute always returns null.

    Workaround: Use the VclAdminOrganization.enabled attribute instead of the VclOrganization.enabled attribute.

  • Incorrect VclResourceReference.status attribute behavior

    The VclResourceReference.status attribute always returns null.

  • Unable to deploy or power on a vApp while importing it from a vCenter Server instance

    If you run the Import a virtual machine as a vApp workflow and try to deploy or power on the vApp, the vApp is neither deployed nor powered on.

    Workaround: Run the Deploy a vApp workflow after you import the vApp.

  • Invalid option is selectable in the Wire a virtual machine network workflow

    When you run the Wire a virtual machine network workflow, you can select the None option as a value for the IP address allocation mode. None is not a valid option and it causes a validation error when you try to run the workflow.

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