vCenter Orchestrator workflow search result not complete


Today i ran into a situation i have not seen in the past. I was using the vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) version 5.5.2 and the vCO plugin vCenter Orchestrator Plugin for Horizon View version 1.1 which can be found here

When configuring the connection between vCO and Horizon View you need to run the workflow “Add Delegated Administrator Configuration”.

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When i clicked the link “Not set” in the Delegated Administrator User name check box i get to search for users against the LDAP source i’m connected to. In my case a Windows 2012 R2 based Active Directory.

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When typing first part of the user name i only got 20 results displayed but i was expecting 65 and the userid i wanted to select was not included in the result pane. There was no way to show the remaining users either.

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I could of course have searched for the specific user id in the above example but in the real world example i had to search for a surname in an active directory with about 50 000 users and at least 75 had the same surname. The search result came back empty when trying to narrow down the search by using the following formats:

  • Surname, First name
  • Surname First name
  • First name

I tried another workflow, the “Add a user to a user group” to verify if i got the same behaviour.

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As you can see i found 65 users in this search.

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After some investigation i found out that the this behaviour could be controlled in the User Preference settings.

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Change the “Finder maximum size” from its default value of 20 to a value of your choice, in my case 100.

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When running the “Add Delegated Administrator Configuration” once more all my 65 active directory based users were included in the search.

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