Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

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Course Datasheet
Live Online (5 Days)   English
19 Apr 2021 09:00 AM  -  23 Apr 2021 05:30 PM
(GMT+02:00) Central European Summer Time (Europe/Amsterdam)
GUARANTEED TO RUN - PLEASE NOTE: VIRTUAL/REMOTE STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN HEADSET AND WEBCAM FOR THIS COURSE. This class is delivered using electronic books ONLY. No printed material will be provided with this class. You will receive a redemption code with instructions on how to download the eBook no later than 3 days before the class is scheduled to start. Please ensure this is complete before the class starts.
VMware Learning
This five-day course teaches experienced VMware vSphere® administrators how to use the powerful automation tools that all vSphere customers have access to. Using real-world use cases and examples, you learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. During class, you use these tools to automate tasks in a realistic lab environment.

Product Alignment
•  VMware vSphere PowerCLI 12.0
•  VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.1

Objectives:   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 (MOB) to view the structure of VMware vSphere® API and
   VMware vCenter Server® inventory    
•  Use vSphere PowerCLI to deploy and manage virtual machines and virtual infrastructure
•  Run and manage library vRealize Orchestrator workflows
•  Design, develop, and run custom reusable vRealize Orchestrator workflows
•  Incorporate JavaScript into vRealize Orchestrator workflows
•  Use the vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell plug-in in a custom workflow
•  Manage Guest Operations using vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI
•  Describe VMware vSphere® Client™ code capture
Intended Audience:   Experienced vSphere administrators who want to use available tools to automate day-to-day tasks
Prerequisites:   Completion of the following courses, or equivalent experience with vSphere deployments:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
Outline:   1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives

2  Automation in vSphere
•  Identify the tools available to vSphere administrators for automation
•  Understand the benefits of automation
•  Understand the function of black boxes in programming

3  vSphere Web Services API
•  Identify the function of an API
•  Recognize the components of the vSphere Web Services API
•  Understand how the vSphere Web Services API is used by automation tools
•  Understand object-oriented terminology relevant to the vSphere Web Services API
•  Use the MOB to explore the vSphere object model and invoke methods

4  vSphere PowerCLI Basics
•  Describe features of vSphere PowerCLI
•  List common tasks to perform with vSphere PowerCLI
•  Connect vSphere PowerCLI to vCenter Server and VMware ESXi™ hosts
•  Define variables to use in vSphere PowerCLI
•  Use basic vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets
•  Describe features of the command pipeline
•  Examine vSphere PowerCLI objects
•  View vSphere PowerCLI object properties
•  Invoke vSphere PowerCLI object methods

5  vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases
•  Perform day-to-day management tasks
•  Manage clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
•  Display performance metrics

6  Advanced vSphere PowerCLI Concepts
•  Examine View objects with the Get-View cmdlet
•  Convert View objects to VIObjects
•  Invoke vSphere Web Services API methods

7  vRealize Orchestrator Overview
•  Describe the vRealize Orchestrator architecture and interfaces
•  Describe the components of a workflow

8  vRealize Orchestrator Basics  
•  Understand inputs, outputs, and variables in workflows
•  Describe variable types: string, number, and more
•  Create variables in workflows
•  Implement variable binding in workflows

9  Invoking Scheme Elements
•  Invoke JavaScript from workflows
•  Invoke a workflow from workflows
•  Invoke an action from workflows
•  Manage user workflow inputs on the input form
•  Invoke a user interaction element from workflows

10  Branching and Looping
•  Use decision elements in workflows
•  Use switch elements in workflows
•  Create decision loops in workflows
•  Use a for-each loop in workflows

11  vRealize Orchestrator Advanced
•  Handle exceptions in workflows
•  Perform logging in workflows
•  Debug workflows

12  vRealize Orchestrator Assets
•  Use configuration elements in workflows
•  Use resource elements in workflows
•  Create, import, and export vRealize Orchestrator packages

13  vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In
•  Add PowerShell hosts to the vCenter Server inventory
•  Invoke scripts on PowerShell hosts
•  Create custom workflows using the PowerShell plug-in

14  Guest Operations with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI
•  Understand the architecture of virtual machine guest operations
•  Identify the requirements for using guest operations
•  Perform guest operations with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

15  Leveraging vSphere Client Code Capture
•  Understand how to capture code in the vSphere Client
•  Use that code in a vRealize Orchestrator workflow or vSphere PowerCLI script