VMware Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere Power CLI

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere Power CLI is a 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 learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. During class, you use these tools to automate tasks in a realistic lab environment.

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Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall 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
  • Incorporate JavaScript into vRealize Orchestrator workflows
  • Use the vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell plug-in in a custom workflow
  • Manage Guest Operations using vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Client™ code capture


Completion of the following courses, or equivalent experience with vSphere deployments:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage


Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Module 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

Module 3: vSphere Web Services API

  • 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

Module 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

Module 5: vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases

  • Perform day-to-day management tasks
  • Manage clusters, hosts, and virtual machines
  • Display performance metrics

Module 6: Advanced vSphere PowerCLI Concepts

  • Examine View objects with the Get-View cmdlet
  • Convert View objects to VIObjects
  • Invoke vSphere Web Services API methods

Module 7: vRealize Orchestrator Overview

  • Describe the vRealize Orchestrator architecture and interfaces
  • Describe the components of a workflow

Module 8: vRealize Orchestrator Basics

  • Understand inputs, outputs, and variables in workflows
  • Describe variable types: string, number, and more
  • Create variables in workflows
  • Implement variable binding in workflows

Module 9: Invoking Scheme Elements

  • Invoke JavaScript from workflows
  • Invoke a workflow from workflows
  • Invoke an action from workflows
  • Manage user workflow inputs on the input form
  • Invoke a user interaction element from workflows

Module 10: Branching and Looping

  • Use decision elements in workflows
  • Use switch elements in workflows
  • Create decision loops in workflows
  • Use a for-each loop in workflows

Module 11: vRealize Orchestrator Advanced

  • Handle exceptions in workflows
  • Perform logging in workflows
  • Debug workflows

Module 12: vRealize Orchestrator Assets

  • Use configuration elements in workflows
  • Use resource elements in workflows
  • Create, import, and export vRealize Orchestrator packages

Module 13: vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In

  • Add PowerShell hosts to the vCenter Server inventory
  • Invoke scripts on PowerShell hosts
  • Create custom workflows using the PowerShell plug-in

Module 14: 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

Module 15: Leveraging vSphere Client Code Capture

  • Understand how to capture code in the vSphere Client
  • Use that code in a vRealize Orchestrator workflow or vSphere PowerCLI script

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