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Full Product DetailsAuthor: Cody Bunch
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Imprint: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: United States
Dimensions: Width: 18.00cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN 10: 0321799917
Publication Date: 02 March 2012
Audience: Professional and scholarly , Professional & Vocational
Publisher's Status: Active
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Table of ContentsPreface 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 Add a New Host to vCenter Server 190 Add a Cluster to vCenter 192 Configure Shared Storage on Hosts 194 Add Inputs 194 Create the Schema 195 Link Inputs 196 Add the Scripting 196 Add the Hosts to the New Cluster 197 Tying It All Together 198 The Workflow 198 Add Standalone Host 201 Is Host Clustered? 202 Does the Cluster Exist? 203 Create Cluster 204 Add NFS Datastore 204 What Is My Cluster? 205 Move Host into Cluster 205 Running the Workflow 206 Summary 207 Part IV Appendices Appendix A Working with VMware Onyx 211 What Is Onyx? 211 Installing Onyx 212 Configuring Onyx Output for vCO 214 Using Onyx with the VI Client 214 Connecting 214 Example 216 Using Onyx with VMware PowerCLI 217 Connecting 218 Example 218 Summary 219 Appendix B Troubleshooting vCO Workflows 221 Basic Troubleshooting 222 Basic Troubleshooting 222 Knowing Where vCO Fits 223 Finding Information 224 Where vCO Hides Log Files 225 Configuring Logging Levels 227 Finding the Last Time a Workflow Ran 228 Debugging Workflows 229 Workflow Validation 229 System.Log(), Server.Log() 231 Locking 231 Other Resources and Techniques 232 Troubleshooting Examples 234 Unable to Add vCenter to vCO 235 Scheduled Workflow Failed to Run 237 Summary 238 Appendix C The vCenter Orchestrator vApp 239 Downloading 239 Deploying 240 Configuring the vApp 242 Change the Default Passwords 242 Enabling the vCenter Server 5 Plug-In 245 Summary 246 Appendix D VMware VIX Plug-In 247 What Is VMware VIX? 248 Preparing the VIX Installation 248 Installing the VIX Plug-In 251 Summary 252 9780321799913 TOC 2/9/2012
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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