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  • 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)
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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 ProfessionalVMware.com.


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Overall, it's a well written book and very easy to read, no filler at all.
Raj
I think this book capitalizes on peoples ignorance to give them something that they could get from Google.
marcuscassius
If you are new to VMware vCenter Orchestrator, then I highly recommend this book.
Steven

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christos Partsenidis on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Introduction

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 By Pierre on March 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 By marcuscassius on October 4, 2013
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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. You can figure out , in very short order, what the functions are in a software package. What you need is a way to use it. Charging $20 for a book which describes what the drop downs are and where SSL certificates are installed is insulting. While I don't speak for everyone in the industry, I would say that most of us are fairly intelligent. We can figure out how the software is installed without a manual. Instead; how about building a complex workflow, or intricate approaches to actual business cases? I thought that need would be obvious. VMWare can tell you how to install certs when you order the software. I think this book capitalizes on peoples ignorance to give them something that they could get from Google. If this sounds harsh, consider that this was NOT presented as an addendum to the install or a beginners guide. When I read reviews, I want peoples true evaluations, not sugar coated niceties or "I'm sorry but....". I hope this stops people in the industry from wasting their money.
If you are a beginner.........study before you spend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ciscokid on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
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)
ISBN: 0321799917
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raj on May 8, 2012
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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven on March 22, 2012
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While the book is well written and contains a wealth of information, I was left slightly disappointed as the book was more of an introduction to using VMware vCenter Orchestrator instead of how to automate IT processes involving vSphere using VMware vCenter Orchestrator. As with most of the existing documentation that is available online, the book suggests possible uses and ways that you could extend built-in workflows to accomplish simple day to day processes, but does not go into concepts such as long running workflows to handle VM lifecycles, etc. Information that I was hoping to see would be related to how to integrate third party applications into your vCenter Orchestrator installation (such as SOAP/REST APIs), integration of external information such as external CMDB systems or SQL databases, information on creation of customized Web Views, and other complex workflows. Additionally, the book barely touches on the use of Javascript and the vSphere API which are core to the automation of complex tasks and business processes.

If you are new to VMware vCenter Orchestrator, then I highly recommend this book. However, if you already are using VMware vCenter Orchestrator and are looking to broaden your skills and knowledge, I would pass on this title.
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