New Fling: vCO-CLI by VMware Labs

VMware Labs released a new Fling called vCO-CLI. The download is available for Windows and Linux.

What is it?

vCO-CLI aims to provide exploratory programming to the vCO ecosystem. It connects to a running vCO server and presents a JavaScript REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop) to the user. All vCO plug-ins, workflows and the entire scripting API can be accessed, invoked and experimented with from the shell. This turns vCO-CLI into a powerful educational and experimentation tool.

Access to the plug-in’s inventory is integrated into the UI for easy navigation to managed entities (vCenter objects, LDAP entries, remote systems, HTTP endpoints, etc).

For advanced users, vCO-CLI can improve productivity considerably by minimizing the turnaround time between designing and running a workflow. It can also display a REPL right in the middle of a workflow. This powerful technique, similar to a breakpoint, allows the workflow developer to troubleshoot and fix bugs faster.

Screenshot

vCO-CLI

Requirements

  • You need to have JRE 1.6 or higher installed.

Installation

Simply install the vCOCLI plug-in on vCO Server (description below) and export the console or GUI based client on your machine (vcocli.bat/vcocli.sh or vcocli-gui.bat).

  1. Log into vCO Configurator.
  2. Click on Plug-ins and browse the o11nplugin-vcocli.vmoapp file.
  3. Click on Start-up Options and restart vCO service.
  4. To verify the installation, log in vCO Smart Client and check if vCO CLI plug-in is installed.
Niels Engelen
Working as a pre-sales with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Certified as a VMware Certified Professional 4 and 5. Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2016) and is an ex-PernixPro.