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.
Experienced vSphere administrators who want to use available tools to automate day-to-day tasks
Completion of the following courses, or equivalent experience with vSphere deployments:
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]
Delegates will learn how to
- 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
- Select the appropriate tool for automating day-to-day tasks in vCenter Server
- 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
- 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 ServicesAPI
- 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
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
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