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.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.
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:
vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
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
Select the appropriate tool for automating day-to-day tasks in vCenter Server
Course Modules Course Introduction
Introductions and course logistics
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 Services API
Use the MOB to explore the vSphere object model and invoke methods
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
vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases
Perform day-to-day management tasks with vSphere PowerCLI
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
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
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
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
vRealize Orchestrator Use Case
Create a workflow that deploys multiple virtual machines according to a customer specification
vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In
Add Windows PowerShell hosts to the vCenter Server inventory
Invoke scripts on Windows PowerShell hosts
Create Windows PowerShell workflows
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
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
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