This course equips experienced administrators with the knowledge to use the automation tools that all vSphere customers have access to. Students learn how to automate administration tasks with VMware vSphere PowerCLI and VMware vRealize Orchestrator.


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Learning 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 to view the structure of the vSphere Web services API and the
VMware vCenter Server inventory
Use vSphere PowerCLI to deploy and manage virtual machines and virtual infrastructure
Run and manage vRealize Orchestrator workflows from the library
Design, develop, and run custom, reusable vRealize Orchestrator workflows
Incorporate JavaScript into vRealize Orchestrator workflows
Select the appropriate tool for automating tasks in vCenter Server

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Automation in vSphere

  • Identify the features and the advantages of automation
    List the tools used to automate vCenter Server tasks

  • vSphere API

  • Identify the function of an API
    Recognize the components of VMware vSphere API
    Understand how an API is consumed
    View objects and invoke methods with the Managed Object Browser

  • vSphere PowerCLI Basics

  • Connect vSphere PowerCLI to vCenter Server systems and VMware ESXi hosts
    Understand vSphere PowerCLI concepts
    Use vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets
    Deploy and manage virtual infrastructure

  • Advanced vSphere PowerCLI and the vSphere API

  • Explore the vSphere object model
    Capture code with Onyx
    Use vSphere API documentation to analyze vCenter Server actions
    View objects with the Get-View cmdlet

  • vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases

  • Manage host networking
    Create a distributed switch
    Migrate hosts
    Create reports

  • vRealize Orchestrator Basics

  • Identify workflow components
    Run and manage library workflows
    Edit a workflow
    Build and schedule a simple workflow
    Debug a workflow

  • vRealize Orchestrator Advanced

  • Identify and use advanced vRealize Orchestrator workflow elements
    Implement vRealize Orchestrator workflow nesting
    Use variable types in a workflow
    Use JavaScript to create complex workflows
    Incorporate an Oynx script in a workflow

  • vRealize Orchestrator Use Cases

  • Create automation workflows that map to real-world scenarios
    Create reporting workflows that map to real-world scenarios
    Create migration workflows that map to real-world scenarios
    Create provisioning workflows that map to real-world scenarios

  • vRealize Orchestrator PowerCLI Plug-In

  • Invoke external scripts and pass workflow parameters as script inputs
    Generate new vRealize Orchestrator actions from Windows PowerShell and vSphere PowerCLI scripts and cmdlets
    Browse snap-ins and their associated cmdlets in the vRealize Orchestrator workflow editor

  • vRealize Orchestrator Integration

  • Understand the connectivity options for vRealize Orchestrator
    Differentiate between north-facing and south facing APIs
    List the APIs and their use cases
    Run a workflow through a REST call

  • Guest Operations with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

  • Use the most appropriate tools to perform guest operations

  • Software Development Process & Tools

  • Understand the software development lifecycle
    Understand version control system tools
    Map the correct tools to vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI


Experienced vSphere administrators who want to use available tools to automate day-to-day tasks will benefit from this course.




While there are no prerequisites for this course, please ensure you have the right level of experience to be successful in this training.


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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