VMware vRealize Orchestrator Essentials

Get hands-on experience with vRealize Orchestrator and automate your VMware environment

VMware vRealize Orchestrator Essentials

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Daniel Langenhan

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ISBN 139781785884245
Paperback184 pages

Book Description

The automation of virtual environments has become the focus of many endeavors. VMware vRealize Orchestrator is a tool that enables you to automate not only your VMware environments, but also the surrounding hardware and software infrastructure. Orchestrator is also a central tool in the VMware cloud initiative and is extensively used by products such as vRealize Automation.

In this book, you will learn how Orchestrator is able to help you automate your complete VMware infrastructure as well as its surrounding hardware and software. After deploying and configuring the vRealize Orchestrator appliance, you will learn how to run the existing workflows that are a part of the Orchestrator library. You will also see how the vSphere Web Client integration of Orchestrator reduces the time you spend on your daily admin tasks.

The main aspect here is to learn how to create new workflows from existing ones. You will also look at how you can create completely new workflows. This includes learning about JavaScript and using presentation features to improve the layout and user friendliness of your workflows. Toward the end, you will learn to check for errors in your workflows and debug them. By the time you're done with the book, you'll be proficient in managing your workflows.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Architectural Overview
What is VMware Orchestrator?
Obtaining Orchestrator
The Orchestrator architecture
Additional sources for Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 2: Deploying and Configuring the Orchestrator Appliance
Preparations
Deploying the Orchestrator Appliance
Accessing Orchestrator
Base configure the Orchestrator Appliance
The Orchestrator configuration tools
Summary
Chapter 3: Integrating Orchestrator with vSphere
Integrating Orchestrator with vCenter
Installing additional plugins
Summary
Chapter 4: Working with Workflows
Using the Orchestrator Client
Using the vSphere Web Client
Scheduling workflows
Summary
Chapter 5: Combining and Modifying Workflows
Combining existing workflows
Useful workflow operations
Workflow parameters
Some more advanced programming
Modifying an existing workflow
Summary
Chapter 6: Advanced vRO Scripting with JavaScript
JavaScript – the very basics
The if-clause in JavaScript
Creating an action
Summary
Chapter 7: Improving Workflows with Presentation
Presentation basics
Working with arrays
Linking presentations
VMware plug-in specific properties
Summary
Chapter 8: Errors, Logs, and Debug Mode
The debug mode
Logs and errors
Summary
Chapter 9: Packing It All Up
Importing and exporting workflows
Working with packages
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with the Orchestrator architecture and Explore how plugins can expand Orchestrator's capabilitiesExplore how plug-ins can expand Orchestrator’s capabilities
  • Deploy and configure the vRealize Orchestrator appliance
  • Schedule and run workflows using the vSphere Web Client
  • Create your own workflows with minimal work
  • Use workflow presentations to improve your automation projects
  • Integrate JavaScript to enhance your workflows
  • Debug your workflows for errors and fix them
  • Learn how to create, import, and export packages, to enable easy exchange solutions with others

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Architectural Overview
What is VMware Orchestrator?
Obtaining Orchestrator
The Orchestrator architecture
Additional sources for Orchestrator
Summary
Chapter 2: Deploying and Configuring the Orchestrator Appliance
Preparations
Deploying the Orchestrator Appliance
Accessing Orchestrator
Base configure the Orchestrator Appliance
The Orchestrator configuration tools
Summary
Chapter 3: Integrating Orchestrator with vSphere
Integrating Orchestrator with vCenter
Installing additional plugins
Summary
Chapter 4: Working with Workflows
Using the Orchestrator Client
Using the vSphere Web Client
Scheduling workflows
Summary
Chapter 5: Combining and Modifying Workflows
Combining existing workflows
Useful workflow operations
Workflow parameters
Some more advanced programming
Modifying an existing workflow
Summary
Chapter 6: Advanced vRO Scripting with JavaScript
JavaScript – the very basics
The if-clause in JavaScript
Creating an action
Summary
Chapter 7: Improving Workflows with Presentation
Presentation basics
Working with arrays
Linking presentations
VMware plug-in specific properties
Summary
Chapter 8: Errors, Logs, and Debug Mode
The debug mode
Logs and errors
Summary
Chapter 9: Packing It All Up
Importing and exporting workflows
Working with packages
Summary

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Paperback184 pages
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