VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 Release Notes

vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 | 24 Aug 2011 | Build 5277

vCenter Server 5.0 | 24 Aug 2011 | Build 456005

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

Downloading and Installing VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.2

You can install Orchestrator 4.2 only on 64-bit operating system platform. If you have downloaded and installed VMware vCenter Server 5.0, Orchestrator is already installed on your system and only needs configuration.

Read Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator for step-by-step guidance on configuring vCenter Orchestrator.

Upgrading to vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 and Migrating the Orchestrator Configuration Data

To upgrade an installation of Orchestrator 4.1 on a 64-bit Microsoft Windows server that is different from the server on which vCenter Server runs, run the latest version of the Orchestrator standalone installer.

If vCenter Orchestrator 4.0.x is installed on the same 64-bit machine as vCenter Server 4.0.x, you cannot upgrade to Orchestrator 4.2 by upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0. VMware does not support the in-place upgrade of a standalone Orchestrator instance running on a 64-bit machine. To upgrade to vCenter Orchestrator 4.2, you must export the Orchestrator configuration settings, uninstall the existing Orchestrator instance, run the 64-bit Orchestrator installer, and import the configuration settings.

Read Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator for step-by-step guidance on migrating the Orchestrator configuration settings.

If you have developed workflows, actions, plug-ins, policies, and so on, by using a previous version of Orchestrator, perform the following steps:

  1. Export packages of all the custom workflows, actions, policies, and so on, that you developed under the previous version of Orchestrator.
  2. Create a new instance of an empty database for Orchestrator 4.2.
  3. Install and Configure Orchestrator 4.2 by following the instructions in Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator.
  4. Connect Orchestrator 4.2 to the new Orchestrator database.
  5. Import the packages you exported from the older version of Orchestrator.

Internationalization (I18N) Support

vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 complies with I18N Level 1. Although Orchestrator is not localized, it can run on non-English operating systems and handle non-English text.

How to Provide Feedback

Your active feedback over the next few weeks is appreciated. Provide your feedback by:

  • Support Requests (SRs)
  • Orchestrator Discussion Forum

Support Requests

File all issues that you find as Support Requests (SRs), even if you report them to VMware by other means.

You can find the VMware Support's commitment to SRs filed by customers and instructions on how to file an SR at http://www.vmware.com/support/services/.

Experienced SR users can file support requests by using the support links on the vSphere Community.

Use your registered VMware store account to log in.

Include log files in your SRs. To gather log files from Orchestrator:

  1. Go to the Orchestrator configuration interface at http://orchestrator_server_ip_address:8282.
  2. Log in with your username and password.
  3. Click Logs.
  4. Click Generate log report.
  5. Save the generated ZIP file.
  6. Upload the saved ZIP file to VMware Support.

For Orchestrator configuration issues, include an exported configuration file in your SRs. To export your configuration from the Orchestrator configuration interface:

  1. Go to the Orchestrator configuration interface at http://orchestrator_server_ip_address:8282.
  2. Log in with your username and password.
  3. Click General.
  4. Click the Export Configuration tab.
  5. Type your password and press Enter.
  6. Save the *.vmoconfig file.
  7. Upload the saved files to VMware Support.

Orchestrator Discussion Forum

View the Orchestrator forum at http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/mgmt/orchestrator. Use your registered VMware store account to log in.

Earlier Releases of vCenter Orchestrator

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

vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 Feature and Support Notice

vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 and its subsequent releases no longer support the remote login to the Orchestrator configuration interface. For instructions on how to enable the Orchestrator configuration interface for remote connection, see Installing and Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator.

Resolved Issues

The following list of issues is resolved in this release:

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows:

Installation Issues

  • Orchestrator 4.2 standalone installer does not detect previous versions of Orchestrator and completes the installation process, creating a second Orchestrator instance
    If you have an Orchestrator 4.0.1 or 4.1 installation on a 64-bit server and you run the installer for Orchestrator 4.2 standalone, two Orchestrator instances are created. However, the upgrade to Orchestrator 4.1.1 is not successful, and you can run only the previous version of Orchestrator.

    Workaround: To install Orchestrator 4.2, perform the following steps:

    1. Export the existing configuration settings.
    2. Uninstall the Orchestrator instance.
    3. Install Orchestrator 4.2.
    4. Import the configuration settings.
  • You might not be able to back up the Orchestrator configuration by using the data migration tool
    The backup of the Orchestrator configuration results in an error when you run the backup.bat file without changing the location to the folder where you extracted the data migration tool.

    Workaround: In the Windows command prompt navigate to the folder in which you extracted the data migration tool, type backup.bat, and press Enter.

  • Restarting vCO server service after reinstalling plug-ins adds Java exceptions to the logs
    In the Troubleshooting tab of the Orchestrator configuration interface, if you reinstall plug-ins by clicking Reset current version and then restart the Orchestrator server, several Java exceptions are written to the Orchestrator server logs.
  • Orchestrator registry keys remain after you uninstall Orchestrator by using Windows Control Panel
    If you uninstall Orchestrator using the Windows Control Panel, some Orchestrator registry entries are not removed.

    Workaround: To remove the Orchestrator entries manually:

    1. Click Start > Run.
    2. Type regedit and press Enter.
    3. In the Registry Editor, click File > Export to back up the current registry settings.
    4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware.
    5. Right-click the Orchestrator entries and select Delete.

Internationalization Issues

  • You might not be able to configure the LDAP settings if your LDAP password contains non-ASCII characters
    When you try to configure the LDAP settings in the Orchestrator configuration interface and the LDAP password that you enter contains non-ASCII characters, the process of configuring might fail with an error message of the type Unable to connect to LDAP Server. This issue appears under the following conditions:
    • When the LDAP password contains characters such as € and ÿ in German and French locales.
    • When the LDAP password contains any native characters in Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese locales.
  • Problems handling non-ASCII characters in certain contexts
    Using non-ASCII characters in input parameters results in incorrect behavior in the following contexts:
    • If you run the SCP put or SCP get workflows from the SSH folder on a file with a name that contains non-ASCII characters, the workflow runs, but name of the resulting file on the destination machine is garbled.
    • If you try to insert non-ASCII characters into attribute names, the characters do not appear. The issue occurs for Web view attributes, workflow attributes and action attributes.

Configuration Issues

  • Orchestrator does not work with forest and external trusts in Active Directory

    Multiple domains that have a two-way trust, but are not in the same tree, are not supported and do not work with Orchestrator. The only configuration supported for multi-domain Active Directory is domain tree. Forest and external trusts are unsupported.

  • Support for TNSNames missing when you connect to an Oracle database
    You cannot use TNSNames to connect to an Oracle database. You can connect to an Oracle database using an IP address or a DNS name.

    Workaround: Add support for RAC and TNS configuration for Oracle 11g Database instances to vCenter Orchestrator (KB 1022828).

  • SSL certificate is lost when you import configuration from previous installation
    If you import the configuration of a previous installation into the 4.1.1 installation, the SSL certificate from the old installation is not loaded. In the Orchestrator configuration interface the Server Certificate tab shows a red triangle.

    Workaround: You must import the certificate manually.

  • Restricted access to vCenter Server inventory can cause errors if you set Session per user
    If you select the Session per user option in the vCenter Server tab of the configuration interface, accessing the vCenter Server inventory can result in some errors if the connected user has restricted access to inventory objects.
  • No error message is displayed on the Network tab of the Orchestrator configuration interface when a network port is already in use
    The Network configuration is saved successfully without errors even when the port numbers that you enter are already taken on your host.

    Workaround: Make sure the port numbers you enter on the Network tab are free.

Networking Issues

  • Loss of network connection to vCenter Server 4 can cause workflows to stop
    If Orchestrator loses the network connection to vCenter Server 4 while a workflow is running, and if the workflow attempts to access vCenter Server, that workflow stops and does not attempt to restart. Furthermore, the vCenter Server 4 plug-in flushes its cache if it loses the connection to vCenter Server. Consequently, when the Orchestrator server restarts, it fetches all running objects again from the vCenter Server rather than reloading them from the cache. Fetching the objects again can cause peaks in CPU usage, and increases the load on vCenter Server. An intermittent connection to vCenter Server causes frequent workflow failures. If the network connection to vCenter Server is intermittent, then constantly fetching the objects can consume vCenter Server memory, leading to drops in performance.

    Workaround: Ensure that the network connection to vCenter Server is stable.

Miscellaneous Issues

  • The Orchestrator client might stop displaying the vCenter Server inventory
    A running environment of Orchestrator and vCenter Server plug-in might stop working properly. For example, you might not be able to browse the inventory, or when you run a workflow, instead of being able to search the vCenter Server inventory by filtered objects, the whole vCenter Server inventory is displayed. This issue occurs when Orchestrator is configured to work with the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance. When the Orchestrator session with vCenter Server becomes invalid, you cannot browse the inventory.

    Workaround: Restart the Orchestrator server.

  • The SSH plug-in might not transfer files larger than 2KB
    When you transfer files larger than 2KB by using the Orchestrator SSH plug-in, the operation completes successfully without errors, but the content of the transferred files might be corrupted.
  • You cannot collect Orchestrator log bundle together with the vCenter Server log bundle
    When Orchestrator and vCenter Server are installed on the same machine, and you collect the vCenter Server log bundle, the Orchestrator log files are not included in the bundle ZIP file. You can collect the Orchestrator log files only from the Orchestrator configuration interface. To gather log files from Orchestrator:

    1. Go to the Orchestrator configuration interface at http://orchestrator_server_ip_address:8282.
    2. Log in with your username and password.
    3. Click Logs.
    4. Click Generate log report.
    5. Save the generated ZIP file.
  • Input parameters cannot be selected from some of the drop-down menus for the Decision workflow schema element
    You cannot define or edit the decision statement using the state equals or connectionState equal items. The possible input parameters are not visible on the Decision tab of the Decision schema element.

    Workaround: Use a Custom Decision schema element.

  • Importing a package using the Orchestrator client fails occasionally
    Occasionally, importing a package using the Orchestrator client results in the error Unable to import a certificate, reason : Unable to save keystore.

    Workaround: Close the error message and attempt the import again.

  • The Used plug-ins tab in the Orchestrator client does not appear at all or does not list the plug-ins associated with the selected package
    You cannot check dependencies between packages because the Used plug-ins tab is either not displayed or not populated with the list of associated plug-ins. If the tab is not displayed and the Orchestrator client is not refreshed, you must click another tab or view.
  • The Orchestrator client stops responding if you use the Used plug-ins tab in edit mode
    When you attempt to insert or remove associated plug-ins on the Used plug-ins tab, the Orchestrator client stops responding.

    Workaround: Restart the Orchestrator client.

  • The Revert option for the parameters table on the Scripting tab of the Edit Actions view does not revert to the last saved state
    When you add a parameter to an action script, you cannot remove it using the Revert option.

    Workaround: Right-click the parameter and click Delete Selected.

  • Characters are accepted as the input value for workflow attributes of number type
    Format validation has been disabled on workflow attributes that are of the number type. Invalid input values are accepted without any warning, and workflows are saved successfully, which can lead to unpredictable results.
  • Changes to input parameter descriptions are not propagated to the presentation
    If you change the description of an input parameter for a workflow, the change is not propagated to the description in the presentation.

    Workaround: Copy the description to the presentation manually.

  • The Convert disks to thin provisioning workflow does not handle virtual machines with snapshots correctly and does not convert the thick-provisioned disks
    On completion, the Convert disks to thin provisioning workflow reports that the thick-provisioned disks of virtual machines with snapshots are successfully converted to thin-provisioned, when they are actually not.

    Workaround: Do not include virtual machines with snapshots in the workflow.

  • Windows Server 2008 automatically renames VMOAPP and DAR files to ZIP causing the application installation and plug-in upload in the Orchestrator configuration interface to fail
    If you are running Orchestrator on Windows Server 2008, the extension of the archives you download is automatically changed to ZIP. When you are installing an application or uploading a plug-in by using the Orchestrator configuration interface, you must use a VMOAPP or DAR file.

    Workaround: Change the ZIP extension back to either VMOAPP or DAR to use the downloaded archive in the Orchestrator configuration interface.

  • Repeatedly publishing and unpublishing Web views can cause memory issues
    Publishing and unpublishing of Web views restarts the Tapestry framework, which regenerates new meta-class information without cleaning up the previous meta-class information. Publishing and unpublishing a Web view by repeatedly calling the methods Webview.enable() and Webview.disable() in a loop in scripts can consume large quantities of memory and eventually leads to performance issues.
  • Adding values to vCenter Server data object properties of type Array is impossible
    When Orchestrator runs scripts, the vCenter Server 4.1 plug-in converts JavaScript arrays to Java arrays of a fixed size. As a consequence, you cannot add new values to vCenter Server data objects that take arrays as property values. You can create an object that takes an array as a property if you instantiate that object by passing it a pre-filled array. However, after you have instantiated the object, you cannot add values to the array.

    For example, the following code does not work:

    var spec = new VcVirtualMachineConfigSpec();
    spec.deviceChange = [];
    spec.deviceChange[0] = new VcVirtualDeviceConfigSpec();

    In the above code, Orchestrator converts the empty spec.deviceChange JavaScript array into the fixed-size Java array VirtualDeviceConfigSpec[] before it calls setDeviceChange(). When calling spec.deviceChange[0] = new VcVirtualDeviceConfigSpec(), Orchestrator calls getDeviceChange() and the array remains a fixed, empty Java array. Calling spec.deviceChange.add() results in the same behavior.

    Workaround: Declare the array as a local variable, as follows:

    var spec = new VcVirtualMachineConfigSpec();
    var deviceSpec = [];
    deviceSpec[0] = new VcVirtualDeviceConfigSpec();
    spec.deviceChange = deviceSpec;

  • Workflow input parameters of type SecureString cannot take a null value
    You cannot start a workflow with a null value if that workflow takes a SecureString as an input parameter, unless you start the workflow from within another workflow. If you start a workflow with a null value when that workflow takes a SecureString as an input parameter, the server loads attributes from the cache rather than from the Orchestrator database, resulting in a null input parameter. If you then change the workflow state to passive by implementing a long-running workflow element, the attributes are reloaded from the database, converting the null value into an empty string. This is the only way you can use a null value to start a workflow that requires a SecureString input parameter.