Overview

This four-day course introduces students to the essential concepts and usage, and also to more advanced features of the HP Operations Orchestration (OO) software. OO is part of HP Cloud Automation solutions.

Working with OO 10.10 includes using OO Central, the OO runtime engine, to locate, run, monitor, and perform important administrative tasks and using OO Studio to author and deploy automated workflows. A flow is a set of actions linked by decision-making logic to automate tasks.

Other topics in the course include using the source control management (SCM) system, which is a useful tool for groups of flow authors to work collaboratively on projects. The built-in SCM tool in the OO Studio lets you work in the local environment while synchronizing your changes with the changes in the public version. This course also covers creating operations and subflows using OO Studio. Furthermore, you learn about using XML processing and using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). In addition, this course shows you how to configure emails for flows, use file system integration, and install, configure, and update OO.

The course consists of focused, task-oriented lectures, text, and a series of detailed hands-on labs to teach the course material to the student. The hands-on labs use version 10.10 of the software.

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Prerequisites

Intended Audience

This course is recommended for:

  • Operators
  • Developers
  • Administrators

You should have knowledge of:

  • Networking terms and concepts
  • Web browsers and Telnet or SSH connection methods
  • Different operating system environments
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Delegates will learn how to

  • Run and manage automated workflows using HP Operations Orchestration (OO) 10.x
  • Perform a wide range of system administration, monitoring, and management tasks using OO Central
  • Author, maintain, document, and package new automated workflows using the OO Studio application
  • Test and debug the flows locally and remotely
  • Work with Looping and Iteration operations
  • Apply parallel processing methods to your flows in HP Operations Orchestration (OO)
  • Use responses, rules, and transitions to control flow run
  • Use XML operations and XML filters for processing XML content in OO
  • Work with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) operations
  • Use the file system content in the OO library
  • Add email notifications to your flows
  • Execute scriptlet methods in OO to manage flow data and flow execution
  • Install, configure, and update OO
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Outline

Module 120-1: Course Overview of Operations Orchestration 10.x Essentials

  • Identify the contents and objectives of the course
  • Define the class schedule and class logistics
  • Identify the related courses
  • Discuss the lab environment details

Module 120-2: Introduction to Operations Orchestration (OO) 10.x

  • Describe OO and its key benefits
  • Explain the system and functional architecture of OO
  • Identify role-based privileges in OO
  • Describe different deployments in OO
  • Discuss the key capabilities of OO
  • Describe collaborative development in OO
  • Define content packs, operations, and projects
  • Explain the improvements in OO version 10.10

Module 120-3: Working with Flow Authoring

  • Describe the OO Studio flow authoring environment
  • Explain the components of the OO Studio application
  • Explain a flow and describe the main components of a flow
  • Explain the differences between:
  • A flow and an operation in OO
  • An operation and a step in OO
  • Author a simple flow
  • Test the flow in the OO Studio Debugger
  • Modify a flow and test the modified flow
  • Explain the purpose of OO Studio Debugger
  • Explore the panes in the Debugger window

Module 120-4: Working with Inputs

  • Explain inputs and flow variables
  • Explain local and global variables
  • Define inputs in the Inspector window
  • Use input data flow options
  • Add, remove, replace, and disable inputs
  • Create and assign system properties to inputs
  • Use login credentials with a stored system account
  • Create and use a selection list as an input
  • Validate an input using a created system evaluator
  • Work with flow inputs

Module 120-5: Working with Results and Filters

  • Explain how to use results to create flow variables that contain operation outputs
  • Use the Step Inspector window's Results tab to add results to steps
  • Use the Filter Inspector window to filter a result so only the data required by the flow are assigned to a result flow variable
  • Use assignment actions to specify which action is taken for assigning the final result

Module 120-6: Administration and Maintenance with OO Central

  • Explain the role of OO Central in deploying automated workflows
  • Describe the OO Central UI
  • Deploy projects and dependencies
  • Run flows, monitor progress, and evaluate results
  • Set flow permissions
  • View the dashboard and reports
  • Visualize a deployed workflow
  • Enable authentication and add local users
  • Set the security banner

Module 120-7: Working with Operations and Subflows

  • Explain how operations and subflows are used as steps in a flow
  • Create new operations
  • Modify operation properties
  • Use subflows in a parent flow
  • Explain best practices for working with subflows
  • Assign step results in a subflow to output fields for use in the parent flow
  • Work with the Properties editor of a subflow

Module 120-8: Working with Remote Debugging

  • Explain the need and benefits of remote debugging
  • Configure remote debugging:
  • Explain the prerequisites for remote debugging
  • Explain the remote debugging lifecycle
  • Explain the permissions for remote debugging
  • Add or edit Central server connections
  • Configure the proxy settings for debugging on a remote Central environment
  • Rerun a flow

Module 120-9: Working with Source Control Management (SCM)

  • Summarize the features of Source Control Management (SCM) in OO
  • Set up an SCM repository:
  • Create an SCM repository
  • Create a local project
  • Link OO Studio to the SCM repository
  • Check out a repository
  • Work with SCM:
  • Add a project in SCM
  • Commit changes to the SCM repository
  • Update a workspace from SCM
  • Lock and unlock OO content
  • Explain additional functions of SCM

Appendix 120-A: Working with OO Shell

  • Explain the HP Operations Orchestration Shell (OOSH) utility
  • Run commands using the OOSH utility
  • Connect to a Central server using the OOSH utility
  • Display the flow information using the OOSH utility
  • Run a flow using the OOSH utility

Appendix 120-B: Working with the PowerShell Wizard

  • Explain the benefits and requirements of the PowerShell wizard
  • Configure the PowerShell wizard and import flows
  • Verify and debug the generated flows

Module 350-1: Course Overview of Operations Orchestration Intermediate and Advanced Authoring

  • Identify the contents and objectives of the course
  • Define the class schedule and class logistics
  • Identify the related courses
  • Discuss the lab environment details

Module 350-2: Introduction to Intermediate and Advanced Authoring in Operations Orchestration (OO)

  • Describe HP OO Studio and Central
  • Discuss authoring a flow in OO
  • Describe Looping and Iteration operations in OO
  • Define parallel processing methods used in OO
  • Define responses, rules, and transitions
  • Introduce XML processing concepts in OO
  • Introduce JSON
  • Discuss the File Systems (FS) available in OO
  • Use email content in OO
  • Introduce how to use scriptlets in a flow
  • Describe how to install, configure, and update OO

Module 350-3: Working with Looping and Iteration Operations

  • Explain how OO handles iterations and related tasks, such as list compilation
  • Perform looping, iteration, and related tasks for the content in the OO library
  • Author a flow that uses iteration and list compilation
  • Create a flow that uses the counter operation

Module 350-4: Working with Parallel Processing

  • Explain the implementation of the following multi-processing methods in your flows:
  • Multi-instance step
  • Non-blocking step
  • Parallel-split step
  • Describe how to handle flow data in multi-processing operations
  • Create flows that use a multi-instance step
  • Create flows that use a parallel-split step

Module 350-5: Using Responses, Rules, and Transitions to Control Flow Run

  • Add or remove responses in a flow
  • Use rules to define the behavior of the responses
  • Explain different types of operation outputs
  • Add primary and secondary outputs
  • Use transitions to:
  • Connect responses to steps
  • Provide descriptive information to users
  • Control who can run steps in a flow
  • Establish Return on Investment (ROI) values for steps and flow runs

Module 350-6: Working with XML Processing

  • List and describe the operations and filters available in OO for working with XML
  • Explain how to use iterative operations to compile data extracted from XML documents
  • Build a flow that validates and parses an XML document
  • Use XML filters to extract data from an XML document
  • Build a flow that validates and parses XML data returned from a web service Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) inquiry
  • Use XSL Transform to represent XML as HTML

Module 350-7: Working with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)

  • Describe the concepts of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
  • Work with JSON in OO

Module 350-8: Working with FS

  • Locate and use the FS content in the OO library
  • Differentiate between FS content of the Cross Platform and Windows Only folders
  • Write data to a file
  • Read and filter data
  • List the contents of a directory

Module 350-9: Working with Emails

  • Explain how to add email notifications to flows
  • Use content in the OO library to:
  • Get email messages
  • Send emails
  • Generate a run report URL to include in the email notifications
  • Use Microsoft Exchange email
  • Use the PowerShell operation to interoperate with third-party Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) providers

Appendix 350-A: Working with Scriptlets

  • Describe scriptlets and their use in OO
  • Execute OO's scriptlet methods to manage flow data and flow execution
  • Analyze sample flows that use scriptlets
  • Execute scriptlets in flows

Appendix 350-B: Installing, Configuring, and Updating HP OO

  • Describe the HP OO installation process
  • Locate and retrieve all installers required for a successful installation
  • Operating system (OS) (Windows Server 2008 or 2012 recommended)
  • Database (MS SQL Server 2012 recommended)
  • OO installer
  • Prepare your server for OO
  • Install and configure the database
  • MS SQL Server 2012 installation and configuration for OO
  • Install OO Central and Studio
  • Verify OO installation
  • Uninstall OO Central and Studio
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