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Orf Gelbrich
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee


When deleting a VM in vCenter the VM needs to be turned off first before it can be deleted.  From an end user perspective this is not always understood.


Create a custom workflow that will combined the 2 steps of turning off the VM and then deleting the VM.  This custom workflow is then presented as a button to the end user display.  When a VM (VM Context) is selected and then the button pressed it will initiated the custom workflow.

Step one building the workflow:

Policies -> Orchestration -> Workflows -> Add Workflow

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Ensure on this screen that the VM context is selected and your personal folder:

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There are no inputs to this workflow since it is running in the selected VM context.

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In the workflow editor search for power in the upper left hand panel:

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Drag and drop that task into the right pane.  The comment will show up in the workflow execution screen:

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This taks will have to run with in the context of the VM:

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Select Power off:

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Next to make sure the VM is powered off VM inventory needs to be collected:

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The comment will be visible in the workflow execution:

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Ensure the correct vCenter account is selected:

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Select Power VM again and place comment of Delete VM:

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Select the context of the VM:

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Select Delete VM:

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Option 1: The workflow should look like this:

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Option 2: This workflow will move on even if the VM is turned off:

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Step 2 the Button:

Policies -> Orchestration -> User VM Action Policy

Either add a new action Policy or add the new action to an existing action.  Here it is added to the policy called Action1.

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If it is a new action then this would be action #1.  In this case there are already 7 actions and this is going to be action #8.

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The action label will be the name of the button the end user is going to see. Select the newly created delete VM workflow and decide who can execute / see this action on their screen.

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Step 3

Attach the action to a VDC:

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In the end user log in session select a VM that is in the VDC that the action policy was attached to.  The button will be displayed.

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Select the button and execute.  In services the execution can bbs followed.

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The end user view of the execution of the workflow:

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Thanks Orf for providing this very useful tip, with detailed explanation, including snapshots. This is very very helpfu.

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