This five-day course is a follow-on to the VMware vRealize Automation Install, Configure, Manage course. In this course you go deeper into the advanced features of vRealize Automation to deploy user systems and interface vRealize Automation with other platforms and you learn how to deploy an enterprise-level cluster environment using LCM. This course relies heavily on hands-on labs.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives
Describe and configure the vRealize Automation in a clustered enterprise deployment using VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
Scale VMware Identity Manager to support High Availability.
Configure security certificates in vRealize Automation from external Certificate Authorities.
Describe the clustered deployment architecture, including Kubernetes pods and services.
Create and configure advanced blueprints with complex YAML and cloudConfig.
Use vRealize Automation advanced blueprints to deploy an actual 2-tier DB-Server using MySQL and phpMyAdmin.
Practice troubleshooting techniques with advanced YAML blueprints in vRealize Automation.
Use advanced VMware NSX-T Data Center networking features including NAT, routed networks, load balancers, security groups, and tags.
Use VMware Code Stream to integrate vRealize Automation with Kubernetes.
Create Code Stream pipelines.
Create and use Ansible playbooks that integrate with vRealize Automation.
Configure vRealize Automation to integrate with Puppet.
Configure and use ABX actions to create day-2 actions and interface with PowerShell scripts.
Use vracli commands, log files, and VMware vRealize Log Insight to troubleshoot vRealize Automation and vRealize Automation deployments.

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • vRealize Automation Clustered Deployment

  • Use LCM in a clustered deployment
    Configure External Certificates
    Configure NSX-T Data Center load balancer
    Install vRealize Automation using Clustered Deployment
    Scale VMware Identity Manager to support High Availability

  • vRealize Automation Clustered Deployment Architecture

  • List of Kubernetes Pods
    The vRealize Automation Kubernetes Architecture
    Relationship of Kubernetes Pods to Services
    Logs and their locations
    Blueprint deployment workflow with Kubernetes Service interaction
    Backup strategies and potential problems

  • Advanced Blueprints

  • Use advanced YAML and cloudConfig to deploy a functioning 2-tier application with a phpMyAdmin front-end server and a MySQL database server
    Use troubleshooting techniques to debug problems in advanced YAML blueprints
    List the log files that can aid in troubleshooting blueprint deployment

  • Advanced Networking

  • Use VMware NSX-T Data Center advanced features in blueprints
    Interfacing to IPAMs
    Use NSX-T Data Center NAT in blueprints
    Use NSX-T Data Center routed networks
    Use NSX-T Data Center load balancers
    Use NSX-T Data Center security groups
    Use tags with NSX-T Data Center network profiles

  • Using vRealize Orchestrator

  • Create Day-2 Actions with vRealize Orchestrator workflows
    Troubleshoot vRealize Orchestrator cluster issues
    Use vRealize Orchestrator to add computer objects to Active Directory when vRealize Automation deploys blueprints
    Use a tagging approach to vRealize Orchestrator workflows
    Use dynamic forms with vRealize Orchestrator

  • Using ABX Actions

  • Determine when to use ABX and when to use vRealize Orchestrator
    Use ABX to create day-2 Actions
    Call PowerShell from ABX

  • Kubernetes Integration

  • Create a Kubernetes namespace from vRealize Automation
    Connect to an existing Kubernetes cluster
    Automate the deployment of an application to a Kubernetes cluster with Code Stream
    Use Kubernetes in Extensibility

  • Code Stream

  • Create and use CI/CD pipelines
    Use the Code Stream user interface
    Add states and tasks to a Code Stream pipeline
    Integrate code from Code Stream with Git

  • Using GitLab Integration

  • Configure the GitLab Integration
    Use Gitlab with blueprints

  • Configuration Management

  • Describe the use case of Ansible and Ansible Tower
    Connect to Ansible Tower
    Use Ansible playbooks
    Use Puppet in configuration management

  • Troubleshooting

  • vracli commands and when to use them
    Check the status of Kubernetes pods and services
    Correct the state of pods and services
    Diagnose and solve vRealize Automation infrastructure problems
    Diagnose and solve vRealize Automation failures to deploy blueprints and services
    Use vRealize Log Insight for troubleshooting


Experienced system administrators and system integrators responsible for using the advanced features of vRealize Automation in enterprise deployments will benefit from this course.




This course requires completion of the following course VMware vRealize Install Configure Manage [V8.x] Experience working at the command line is helpful. This course requires that a student be able to perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling in this course Create VMware vCenter Server objects, such as data centers and folders Create a virtual machine using a wizard or a template Modify a virtual machine's hardware Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere vMotion Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere Storage vMotion Configure and manage a VMware vSphere DRS cluster with resource pools. Configure and manage a VMware vSphere High Availability cluster. Create and deploy a simple blueprint in vRealize Automation 8.x Use cloud Config in vRealize Automation blueprints Configure infrastructure in vRealize Automation 8.x


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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