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Increasingly, organizations are seeking better ways to drive value from virtualized infrastructures without adding overhead. vSphere offers powerful tools for meeting these challenges through automation and user self-service. Automating vSphere is the first comprehensive guide for working administrators who want to use these tools, get more done faster, and free themselves for more strategic work. Leading vSphere automation expert Cody Bunch delivers actionable guidance and downloadable scripts and workflows for automating key elements of virtual infrastructure using VMware's Orchestrator, Lab…mehr

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Increasingly, organizations are seeking better ways to drive value from virtualized infrastructures without adding overhead. vSphere offers powerful tools for meeting these challenges through automation and user self-service. Automating vSphere is the first comprehensive guide for working administrators who want to use these tools, get more done faster, and free themselves for more strategic work. Leading vSphere automation expert Cody Bunch delivers actionable guidance and downloadable scripts and workflows for automating key elements of virtual infrastructure using VMware's Orchestrator, Lab Manager, and Stage Manager. He shows how to develop efficient automated workflows for day-to-day tasks; relieve IT from routine tasks via end-user self-service; and accurately quantify savings achieved from automation. Bunch first covers front-end automation, then "deep dives" into vCenter Orchestrator installation, configuration, and workflow construction. To illuminate key concepts, he walks through several common use cases, such as VM provisioning. For each, he provides realistic estimates of time saved. Packed with real-world case studies and code, this book gives administrators tangible solutions they can implement rapidly, and quickly support with ROI calculations.

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Unleash the Power of vCenter Orchestrator to Automate Tasks and Improve Efficiency

Today, VMware administrators are responsible for far more infrastructure, servers, and services than ever before. To succeed, they must take full advantage of opportunities to automate and orchestrate their vSphere environments. In Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator, three-time vExpert Cody Bunch shows how to utilize VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) 4.2 to achieve far higher levels of operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Bunch reveals what vCO can do, walks through each step of installation and configuration, explains how its "moving parts" work together, and thoroughly introduces both plug-ins and workflows. Building on this core knowledge, he presents several start-to-finish case studies showing how to use vCO to address real-world challenges ranging from provisioning to snapshots, cluster management to decommissioning.

Whatever your VMware virtualization environment, this book will help you do more with less, save time, eliminate errors, and improve both performance and reliability.

Coverage includes

Understanding how vCO fits into your environment and identifying your best opportunities to use it

Choosing the right installation scenario and efficiently managing the vCO installation process

Configuring vCO: services, passwords, networking, LDAP, databases, SSL, licensing, plug-ins, backup, and more

Interacting with vCO through actions, packages, plug-ins, web views, resources, and workflows

Automating manual tasks with vCO's extensive workflow library

Creating sophisticated workflows with drag-and-drop components and JavaScript

Using plug-ins to control infrastructure within and around your vSphere environment

Bringing consistency to VM provisioning, overcoming "VM sprawl" and resource contention, and simplifying support

Optimizing VM lifecycle management, all the way through decommissioning

Automating all snapshot monitoring processes and components

Exporting logs, finding/deleting orphaned files, and performing other day-to-day tasks

Efficiently conducting mass VM migrations

Quickly adding vCenter hosts and clusters, configuring shared storage, and adding hosts to new clusters

Using vCO and third-party plug-ins to gain "private cloud" benefits and flexibility

Networking/Virtualization

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Preface xv

Part I Introduction, Installation, and Configuration

Chapter 1 Introducing VMware vCenter Orchestrator 3

What Is VMware vCenter Orchestrator? 4

What Can vCenter Orchestrator Do? 5

Why Should You Use vCenter Orchestrator? 6

Do More with Less 6

Reduce the Risk of Human Error 7

Save Time 7

Who Should Use vCenter Orchestrator? 9

Snapshot Maintenance 9

Virtual Machine Lifecycle 10

When Should You Use vCenter Orchestrator? 11

Where Does vCenter Orchestrator Fit? 11

How to Get Started 13

Summary 13

Chapter 2 Installing vCenter Orchestrator 15

vCenter Orchestrator Installation Types 16

Installing vCO Alongside vCenter Server 16

Installing vCenter Orchestrator as a Standalone Server 19

Separating the vCO from the vCO Database 22

Installation Type Comparison 24

vCenter Orchestrator Installation 24

Obtain the Installation Files 26

Extract the Install Files and Open .\vCenter-Server\vCO\ 26

Run vCenterOrchestrator.exe 27

Agree to the License 27

Choose the Install Directory 28

Select the Install Type 28

Select the Location for Shortcuts 28

Install 30

The vCO Client 30

Summary 32

Chapter 3 Configuring vCenter Orchestrator 33

Starting the vCO Web Configuration Service 34

Changing the Default vCO Configuration Service Password 34

Configuring Networking 36

Configuring LDAP 37

Find Your LDAP Path 38

Fill In the Form 40

Database Configuration 41

Configuring SSL 43

Secure vCenter Communications 43

Configure the vCO Host Certificate 44

Licensing the vCO Server 45

Plug-In Configuration 46

Provide Plug-In Credentials 46

Enable Plug-Ins for vCO Startup 46

Install Additional Plug-Ins 47

Installing vCO as a Service 48

Backing Up the vCO Configuration 49

Summary 50

Part II Working with vCenter Orchestrator

Chapter 4 Identifying the Moving Parts 53

Actions 53

Create an Action 55

Duplicate an Action 55

Import/Export Actions 56

Packages 57

Create a Package 59

Import/Export a Package 60

Set Permissions on Packages 61

Remove Packages 63

Plug-Ins 63

Web Views 65

Resources 65

View a Resource 66

Import an External Resource 66

Workflows 67

Summary 68

Chapter 5 vCenter Orchestrator Plug-Ins 69

The vCenter Orchestrator Plug-In Architecture 69

vCenter Orchestrator Default Plug-Ins 70

vCenter Server 71

vCO Library 74

Database 75

SSH 75

XML 76

Mail 76

Net 79

Enumeration 79

vCO Web Operator 79

Using the vCenter Orchestrator API Explorer 81

Summary 82

Chapter 6 Introduction to Workflow-Fu 83

Workflow Organization 83

Workflow Concepts 85

User Permissions 85

Credentials 86

Attributes 87

Parameters 87

Schema 87

Tokens 87

Locking 88

Presentation 88

Modifying the Built-In Workflows 88

Duplicate the Workflow 89

Edit the Workflow 90

Edit Schema 91

Edit the User Interaction 93

Edit the Scriptable Task 95

Creating New Workflows 98

Workflow Scheduling 98

Summary 100

Part III Amazing Smoothies, Inc. (a.k.a. Real-World Use Case)

Chapter 7 Your First Day at Amazing Smoothies, Inc.: Network Orientation 103

A Brief History and Tour of Amazing Smoothies 104

The Network Layout 104

Amazing Applications 107

Systems Integration 108

Growing Pains 109

Summary 109

Chapter 8 Amazing Smoothies Day 2: Dealing with Snapshots 111

The Current Processes 112

Creating Snapshots 112

Committing Snapshots 113

Problems with the Process 114

Improving the Process 114

Size 115

Age 115

Decision 115

Process 115

Turning the Process into a Workflow 116

Net New Workflow 116

Modify the Existing Workflows 116

Use the Existing Workflow 116

Creating Snapshots 117

Schema 117

Scripting 118

Scheduling 121

Committing the Snapshots 122

Schema 122

Scripting 123

Scheduling 125

Real-World Application: Patch Cycles 126

Taking the Snapshots 126

Deleting the Snapshots 127

Summary 128

Chapter 9 Amazing Smoothies Day 3: VM Provisioning 129

The Current VM Provisioning Process 129

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen 130

Too Many Templates 130

The vCO Way 131

Consistent VM Specifications 131

Golden Images 137

Customization with VMware VIX 140

Approval Process 146

All Together Now 148

Summary 153

Chapter 10 Amazing Smoothies Day 4: VM Decommissioning 155

Amazing Smoothies VM Decommissioning Process 155

Inconsistency 156

VM Sprawl 156

Management 156

Security 157

Optimizing the Decommissioning Process 157

vCenter Orchestrator Workflows 159

Power Management 159

Snapshot Management 160

Clone/Copy VM 161

Move VM 163

Delete VM 164

Notification and Approval (via Email) 165

Third-Party Cleanup 165

Tying It All Together 167

Power Off Virtual Machine/Remove All Snapshots and Others 168

Decommission VM - Clone and Decommission VM - Move 169

Is the VM Secret? How About Sensitive? 170

Summary 173

Chapter 11 Amazing Smoothies Day 5: Other VM Management 175

Exporting vCO Logs 176

Checking for Orphaned VM Files 178

Maintaining VMware Tools 181

Mount Tools Installer 182

Unmount Tools Installer 182

Upgrade Tools 183

Upgrade Tools at Next Reboot 184

Delete Unused Files 185

Mass VM Migration 188

Summary 188

Chapter 12 Amazing Smoothies Day 6: New Hardware 189

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  • Produktdetails
  • VMware Press Technology Series
  • Verlag: Pearson Education
  • Seitenzahl: 304
  • Erscheinungstermin: März 2012
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 237mm x 179mm x 23mm
  • Gewicht: 592g
  • ISBN-13: 9780321799913
  • ISBN-10: 0321799917
  • Artikelnr.: 33865839