Download the OVA or OVF files from vmware.com.
Then deploy the appliance. Here I am using the C# Client. Browse to the OVA / OVF
Here just an overview
Accept the EULA
Give it a name and select the required Inventory Location
Select an appropriate host. Here I just got a single one anyway (hence no DRS)
Select a resource pool or vApp where you want the appliance to be deployed to
Now select your datastore
Thin / Thick – your choice
Select the appropriate network
Now configure password and network (Host Name, IP, DNS, Gateway, Netmask)
Once the Appliance is up and booted you can browse to the vCO’s IP address
which redirects to
To configure the appliance itself, browse to
Login with root and the password you have configured during the deployment.
Here you can configure Time Zone / Network and admin password.
From the main interface of the vCO appliance browse to Configure the Orchestrator Server
Which will take you directly to
Here login using vmware and the password you have configured during the deployment
this will take you to the configuration screen of vCO
First, import the certificates from your vCenter.
Browse to Network
Here select the IP address of your appliance from the drop down menu. The DNS name will be populated automatically.
Select Apply Changes
Go to the next tab SSL Trust Manager
Here enter the FQDN of your vCenter and click Import
Click Import to accept the certificate.
Then, using the same step, import your SSO certificate from the vCenter
Next go to Licenses and add your vCenter details to import the vCO license (included with vCenter)
Select Apply Changes and make sure the change was successful
Next browse to Authentication
Here I am using SSO.
Make sure you enter your SSO admin account and click Register Orchestrator
While still on the same page scroll down and select the group you wish to give admin access to the vCO appliance
Click Accept Orchestrator Configuration
I then noticed that authentication still didn’t quite work (and I received a license error) but a quick restart of the vCO Server service fixed it
Now login to your vCenter Web Client
browse to Home > vCenter Orchestrator > Manage > Servers > Localhost > Edit Configuration
and add the IP / FQDN of your vCO appliance.
Click Test Connection
The first time you connect it will ask you to accept the SSO token.
You can then start creating Workflows.
You can also use the vCO Client to create Workflows.
Browsing to https://<vCO FQDN:8281/vco/client/client.jnlp
Log in with a member of the group you specified during the initial configuration
Accept the certificate
And done, you are ready to go