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vCenter Orchestrator : Evaluation

Over the weekend, I reinstalled my home lab to vsphere 5.5. Wanting to automate as much as possible in managing my VM’s – I’ve decided to use vcenter orchestrator. Currently, automation are controlled via PowerShell scripts (more on this on a separate post). The problem with this is manageability/ portability. I wanted to make it more “universal”.

Being completely clueless, decided to play around with it by following this helpful videos:

(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J5w7Nvv9PQ

(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcOVTg236ag

(Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOcGYTsh6Eg

The video is a bit dated. I think its still using vCO 4.x but the concept is still the same. Here’s the resulting WorkFlow I did for 5.5:

Workflow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall thoughts: The tool is powerful. Unfortunately, the scripting element would be a barrier to entry to some folks. If you can invest in time, this will be a welcome addition in managing your ever-growing infrastructure.

Next stop: I’ll try to create real-world workflows

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