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Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator (VMware Press Technology) [Paperback]

by Cody Bunch
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March 12, 2012 0321799917 978-0321799913 1

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




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About the Author

Cody Bunch is a private cloud architect hailing from the hill country just outside San Antonio, Texas. Cody was recognized as a VMware vExpert in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and has been involved in the VMware community since late 2007. Cody has also spoken on virtualization and automation at VMworld 2011 and the Virtualization Congress 2009. Cody shares his nuts-and-bolts operations and automation guidance on his website

Product Details

  • Series: VMware Press Technology
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321799917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321799913
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Title for anyone working with VMware April 11, 2012

Virtualisation has completely revolutionised the entire IT industry in terms of deployment and maintenance of the IT infrastructure. Driven by the pressure of delivering robust, redundant and reliable IT infrastructure, and by the ability to manage them more efficiently and effectively in terms of cost, administrators have consistently migrated to more and more virtualised environments. This has enabled them to consolidate infrastructures and their corresponding workloads, and dramatically reduced cost for IT operations.

Needless to say, VMware has taken a major lead into the world of virtualisation. I would attribute VMware as not only the trend setters in the world of virtualisation but also an extremely deterministic element in the IT industry. More and more core IT service providers are moving towards a virtualisation environment prescribed by VMware and using their tools and services to do so as well. VMware has become a `must have' for many successful data centres. What has benefitted users is not only VMware's plethora of tools available, but their range of printed materials that users can utilise to effectively manage their VMware infrastructure.

Before talking about this book, a word of caution for the non - initiated. This is not a beginner's text, neither it is something that will help you if you have no prior exposure to the world of virtualisation, let alone any VMware product. I would however strongly recommend going through VMware's other materials which deal with concepts and tools used, which will build a good foundation before you start with this one. But I must add this. It's in your best interest to reach this title itself, and now let me tell you exactly why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... March 8, 2013
By Pierre
I am seasoned Vmware admin and architect, and was looking for a intro to Orchestrator (since I was mostly using PowerCli before). But I found the book quite disappointing on several points.

-nearly 50 pages talking about vCO installation before talking about workflows??? Seriously ?
-unclear focus: the author switches back and forth between trivial things like what it means to create edit or duplicate various objects(without providing added value on most of self-explanatory items in the user interface) and just gloss over more technical details.
- mostly descriptive: while it is important to show how to do stuff and give examples , I am much more interested in the underlying logic and principles, which in my opinion are much more useful, and are not developed enough for me in the book. Yes, it is necessary to show how, but even more important to explain why and when.

It's a pity because the author is obviously very competent. But for example, when I started to work with PowerCli, bought Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches which is everything you need to build strong foundations on the subject and to be able to dig by yourself after.
In contrast, I found this one is a bit of a let down.... But obviously I am the only one :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars automating vsphere book - May 24, 2012
I really liked this book - each chapter focuses on useful vcenter features that include basic descriptions and examples for creating and supporting vcenter automation. Its not saturated with anything too complex. I think you'll find this book useful and a necessary addition to your virtualization library.

Automating vSphere: With VMware vCenter Orchestrator (VMware Press Technology)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written vCenter Orchestrator book May 8, 2012
By Raj
Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator is a well written book for someone who is new to vCenter Orchestrator, the Real World Use Cases seems to be the best part.
Overall, it's a well written book and very easy to read, no filler at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst VMware Press Book Ever! February 22, 2014
By Dave
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Cutesy is an understatement for this book. Oh, if Amazon would only allow negative #s. This book cannot even be considered a beginners book. Nothing about inputs and outputs to any significant degree. Trivial examples much like a math professor would do -- here is the theorom to prove, and not to bother you with the details, the answer is .... The points may be obivious to the author but maybe not to everyone else. Who cares about Javascript code, we can learn that as needed. Give some real world examples and leave off the cutesy crap, technical people don't want that. I've seen this book list for $79 on Amazon and thought when I saw it for $29 it would probably be worth it. Not one color picture or screenshot in the entire book. The vCO client uses color coding in code and schema's in an excellent manner. Why would anyone spend a third of the book on how to install and configure vCO when VMware has this covered in great detail. What a waste. I won't be buying another VMware Press book without first skimming it first hand, there is more free info on the net of much higher quality. And just for perspective, I have more than 35 years in the computer industry as a developer/programmer, DBA, sys admin, and architect, including multiple VMware, Microsoft, and CompTIA cert's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing , to say the least
If you are buying this, you have a vCO environment. You are an admin or an orchestrator. You know what XML is and how packages are put together. Read more
Published 6 months ago by marcuscassius
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but needs advanced API coverage for integration
Decent book, not enough API coverage. Should talk about REST API, SSO, and other more advanced topics.
Beginner book to workflows with vCO.
Published 7 months ago by NY Tech Veteran
4.0 out of 5 stars Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator - Is a good...
I picked up Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator with the hopes that I would give me a deep dive into vCenter Orchestrator, while it didn't do that it gave me a good... Read more
Published 15 months ago by saiello
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to vCenter Orchestrator
I been working with vCenter Orchestrator from V 1.0, but still I found it the Real World Use cases extremely helpful through an implementation. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Maupen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to vCO
I received this book a little over a month ago and was excited to start reading it. Prior to reading this book I had heard of vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and understood that it was... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Josh Coen
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book on Vcenter Orchestrator
Many times, there are components of an application which is powerful enough but been ignored or not known, that was the same case until I didn't read this book, it opened so many... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Arshad Rafat
4.0 out of 5 stars Will definitely teach you how to create and use vCO workflows
If you are looking to learn how to use vCO, then this book is the place to start. Cody starts at the beginning - installation & configuration. Read more
Published 23 months ago by abaum
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for VMware Admins
Many times, technical books can be hard to follow and so technical you can get lost in their flow and descriptions of processes. That's not the case in this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Leonard Mack
4.0 out of 5 stars Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator - Cody Bunch
Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator is an excellent hands-on book that steps you through the automation of workflows for VMware vSphere, eliminating manual tasks... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rodolfo Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars This info had been a long time coming
For a long time now Orchestrator has been a bit of a mystery to admins. Most did not know they even owned it already or what it was capable of doing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by bsuhr
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