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VMDCAVROVSP - Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI


Duration: 5 days

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.


  • 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


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


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 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 with vSphere PowerCLI.

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. 
  • Use the Onyx tool to capture vSphere PowerCLI code.

Module 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.

Module 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.

Module 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.

Module 10: vRealize Orchestrator 

  • Use Case Create a workflow that deploys multiple virtual machines according to a customer specification.

Module 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.

Module 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.


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

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]


This course is not associated with any Certification.


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