Working with Orchestrator became much simpler in the last year. As more and more people and companies adopt Orchestrator for their automation, many more publications and posts are created. The following listing is essentially a snapshot of the most used resources.
The official documentation for Orchestrator can be found on the VMware website. Go to https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/orchestrator_pubs.html.
The first one that was widely recognized was Cody Bunch's book Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator published by VMware Press Technology. The book is based on version 4 of Orchestrator, but is still valid for most of its content. Cody has some really good explanations and examples; however, a lot of the topics discussed and what is captured in that book will look different or might not work in the way described in version 6.
The other book about Orchestrator is VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook that I authored, and was published by Packt Publishing in February 2015. It covers a lot of ground and if you are a total beginner, it's better to start with the book you are currently reading. In that book, we talk a lot more about specific plug-ins and how to use them. It comes with more than 100 workflows that can be directly used. The book was based on version 5.5.x and 6 of vRealize Orchestrator.
Here you can ask questions, find answers, and in general, obtain a lot of help. I recommend anyone looking for VMware related queries to start here.
http://www.vcoteam.info/: This is Christophe Decanini and Burke Azbill's website. It contains a lot of topics starting from very basics up to some specialized plug-in handling. If you like to learn new things this is where you will probably find it.
http://kaloferov.com/blog/: This blog contains extremely useful code examples especially for PowerShell.
http://www.vcoportal.de/: Joerg Lew has been working with Orchestrator since 2004 and has collected an amazing amount of useful tips.
If you are looking for help on Orchestrator, one of the first things to do is search for the problem in Google. To help you find better results, you can use the following tricks (replace
[problem] with what you are looking for):
(vCO OR vRO OR Orchestrator) [problem]: Due to the renaming of Orchestrator, a lot of posts and blogs still use the old naming—vCO (vCenter Orchestrator). Using Google and the uppercase
OR, you can search for the old as well as the new name.
site:communities.vmware.com [problem]: The
site:tag will make sure that Google only looks inside the VMware communities.