Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

5 Days Course
Cloud Management
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Course Details


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.



Product Alignment
• vSphere PowerCLI 6.0
• vRealize Orchestrator 7.0


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
• Incorporate JavaScript into vRealize Orchestrator workflows
• Select the appropriate tool for automating day-to-day tasks in vCenter Server


  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  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
  3. vSphere 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
  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
  5. vSphere PowerCLI Use Cases
    • Perform day-to-day management tasks with vSphere PowerCLI
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
    • Capture JavaScript with Onyx and use it in a workflow
  10. vRealize Orchestrator Use Case
    • Create a workflow that deploys multiple virtual machines according to a customer specification
  11. vRealize Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-In
    • Add Windows PowerShell hosts to the vCenter Server inventory
    • Invoke scripts on Windows PowerShell hosts
    • Create Windows PowerShell workflows
  12. 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

Target Audience

Experienced vSphere administrators who want to use available tools to automate day-to-day tasks


Completion of the following courses, or equivalent experience with vSphere deployments:
•  VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]

Course Schedule

  Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018
  Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018
  Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018