Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 5 Days
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 will learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. During class, you will use these tools to automate tasks in a realistic lab environment.

Product Alignment
•  vSphere PowerCLI 6.0
•  vRealize Orchestrator 7.0

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
•  Select the appropriate tool for automating day-to-day tasks in vCenter Server
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 [V6.0]

  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 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 with vSphere PowerCLI

  6. Advanced vSphere PowerCLI concepts

    • Examine View objects with the Get-View cmdlet
    • Convert View objects to VIObjects
    • Invoke vSphere Web Services API methods
    • Use the Onyx tool to capture vSphere PowerCLI code

  7. vRealize Orchestrator Basics  

    • Identify vRealize Orchestrator components
    • Understand the function of plug-ins
    • Add a vCenter Server instance to the vCenter Server plug-in
    • List the components of a workflow
    • Create a vCenter Server object with a library workflow
    • Distinguish between workflow variable types
    • Create a simple workflow
    • Create workflow input and output parameters
    • Set a workflow input parameter as an attribute
    • Understand the role of binding in workflows
    • Use a library workflow in a new workflow
    • Use the setup wizard to perform parameter binding

  8. Developing vRealize Orchestrator Workflows

    • Identify and use common vRealize Orchestrator workflow elements
    • Implement vRealize Orchestrator workflow nesting
    • List methods for calling other workflows in vRealize Orchestrator workflows
    • Identify the information required to develop a workflow
    • Use the vRealize Orchestrator workflow scripting debugger

  9. vRealize Orchestrator Advanced

    • Create basic decision loops in workflows
    • Use a for-each loop in a workflow
    • Understand how exceptions are handled in vRealize Orchestrator
    • Use action elements in workflows
    • Capture JavaScript with Onyx and use it in a workflow

  10. vRealize Orchestrator Use Case

    • Create a workflow that deploys multiple virtual machines according to a customer specification

  11. vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In

    • Add Windows PowerShell hosts to the vCenter Server inventory
    • Invoke scripts on Windows PowerShell hosts
    • Create Windows PowerShell workflows

  12. 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