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Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

WGAC-VMW-DCAROS

Vmware

Description

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Introduction

Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Automation in vSphere

  • Identify the features and the advantages of automation
  • List the tools used to automate vCenter Server tasks

vSphere API

  • Identify the function of an API
  • Recognize the components of VMware vSphere® API
  • Understand how an API is consumed
  • View objects and invoke methods with the Managed Object Browser

vSphere PowerCLI Basics

  • Connect vSphere PowerCLI to vCenter Server systems and VMware ESXi™ hosts
  • Understand vSphere PowerCLI concepts
  • Use vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets
  • Deploy and manage virtual infrastructure

Advanced vSphere PowerCLI and the vSphere API

  • Explore the vSphere object model
  • Capture code with Onyx
  • Use vSphere API documentation to analyze vCenter Server actions
  • View objects with the Get-View cmdlet

vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases

  • Manage host networking
  • Create a distributed switch
  • Migrate hosts
  • Create reports

vRealize Orchestrator Basics

  • Identify workflow components
  • Run and manage library workflows
  • Edit a workflow
  • Build and schedule a simple workflow
  • Debug a workflow

vRealize Orchestrator Advanced

  • Identify and use advanced vRealize Orchestrator workflow elements
  • Implement vRealize Orchestrator workflow nesting
  • Use variable types in a workflow
  • Use JavaScript to create complex workflows
  • Incorporate an Oynx script in a workflow

vRealize Orchestrator Use Cases

  • Create automation workflows that map to real-world scenarios
  • Create reporting workflows that map to real-world scenarios
  • Create migration workflows that map to real-world scenarios
  • Create provisioning workflows that map to real-world scenarios

vRealize Orchestrator PowerCLI Plug-In

  • Invoke external scripts and pass workflow parameters as script inputs
  • Generate new vRealize Orchestrator actions from Windows PowerShell and vSphere PowerCLI scripts and cmdlets
  • Browse snap-ins and their associated cmdlets in the vRealize Orchestrator workflow editor

vRealize Orchestrator Integration

  • Understand the connectivity options for vRealize Orchestrator
  • Differentiate between north-facing and south-facing APIs
  • List the APIs and their use cases
  • Run a workflow through a REST call

Guest Operations with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

  • Use the most appropriate tools to perform guest operations

Software Development Process and Tools

  • Understand the software development lifecycle
  • Understand version control system tools
  • Map the correct tools to vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI
Prerequisites & Audience

Completion of the following courses, or equivalent experience with vSphere deployments:

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Course Benefits

This five-day course equips experienced VMware vSphere® administrators with the knowledge to use the automation tools that all vSphere customers have access to. Using real-world use cases and examples, students learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. In this class, you use these tools to automate tasks in a lab environment.

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the features and benefits of automation in a vSphere environment
  • Understand the role of the vSphere Web services API in automation
  • Use the Managed Object Browser to view the structure of the vSphere Web services API and the VMware vCenter Server™ inventory
  • Use vSphere PowerCLI to deploy and manage virtual machines and virtual infrastructure
  • Run and manage vRealize Orchestrator workflows from the library
  • Design, develop, and run custom, reusable vRealize Orchestrator workflows
  • Incorporate JavaScript into vRealize Orchestrator workflows
  • Select the appropriate tool for automating tasks in vCenter Server
Course Topics
  • Course Introduction
  • Automation in vSphere
  • vSphere API
  • vSphere PowerCLI Basics
  • Advanced vSphere PowerCLI and the vSphere API
  • vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases
  • vRealize Orchestrator Basics
  • vRealize Orchestrator Advanced
  • vRealize Orchestrator Use Cases
  • vRealize Orchestrator PowerCLI Plug-In
  • vRealize Orchestrator Integration
  • Guest Operations with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI
  • Software Development Process and Tools

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