In the last chapter, we installed and configured Orchestrator with SSO authentication and an external database. Now, we will integrate Orchestrator into vCenter and ultimately with other VMware or third-party tools. This will place Orchestrator in a central position for all your automation purposes and needs.
You can add a vCenter 5.5 or 5.1 to Orchestrator 6 without any problems. However, please be aware that, if you construct workflows in Orchestrator 6 intended for a vCenter 5.x, you might experience problems. A typical problem is SSO, which underwent some major changes in 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0, and it will make a vSphere Web Client integration hard, if not impossible. If you need to stay compatible, you should use Orchestrator 5.5.x with vSphere 5.5.x.
In this chapter, we will look at the following topics:
Integrating Orchestrator with vCenter
Installing additional plug-ins
Configuring the vCenter plug-in