Mar 22 2013

vCenter Orchestrator Player mode

When i logged on to a vCenter Orchestrator server a few days ago i was a bit surprised because i was not able to edit any workflow. I could still run the workflows but the “Edit” option was greyed out.
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Walking through the vCenter Orchestrator Client UI i found that the vCenter Orchestrator server were running in “Player mode”
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Not being able to edit workflows is default behavior when using the vCenter Server Essential or Foundation licenses or if the vCenter Server license has expired. My vCenter Server were running the vCenter Server Standard license and it was not expired, was about to expire in 2 days.

Logging in to the web based VMware vCenter Orchestrator Configuration portal i found that i had a license issue.
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I changed the vCenter Server license and restarted the vCenter Orchestrator server but the workflow “Edit” option was still greyed out. The new vCenter Server license was not added automatically to vCenter Orchestrator even though my vCenter Orchestrator configuration says “Use vCenter License”.
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I believe i hadĀ  two options to solve my problem:

  • Adding the vCenter Server license manually.

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  • Delete and add the vCenter Server again.

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I decided to add the license manually and when finished the vCenter Orchestrator configuration looks ok.
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After restarting the vCenter Orchestrator it was running in “Server mode”.
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It was aslo possible to edit the workflows.

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I find the part when the vCenter Server license expire in vCenter Orchestrator before expiring in vCenter Server kind of strange since both components runs in the same virtual machine. It took a while before i figure out that i manually had to add the new vCenter Server license to vCenter Orchestrator and iĀ understand this is not going to happen on a regular basis since vCenter Server licenses used for production environments does not expire.


  1. Max

    Works fine, thank you!

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