VCP7-CM - Advanced Configuration Manager Current Branch

During this five-day course, you will focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vRealize Automation. You will learn about the configuration and use of the vRealize Automation platform, including self-service provisioning and the creation of catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, software components, and on-demand VMware NSX networks.

This course also covers interfacing vRealize Automation with other systems using VMware vRealize Orchestrator to leverage workflows, creating approval cycles, and managing machine lifecycles to conserve resources. In addition, you will better understand and know how to achieve the benefits of automation as a component of the software-defined data center.

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This course requires completion of one of the following courses:
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track

Detailed Class Syllabus

Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

1. vRealize Automation Overview and Architecture

Describe the software-defined data center
Explain the purpose of vRealize Automation
Explain the concepts of vRealize Automation administration and self-service provisioning
Describe where vRealize Automation fits in the VMware product line
Discuss use cases for vRealize Automation
Identify the components of a vRealize Automation simple deployment
Identify the components of a vRealize Automation enterprise deployment
Identify the component design options for vRealize Automation
Identify how vRealize Automation integrates with other VMware products

2. Authentication, Fabric, and Tenants

Describe identity management in vRealize Automation
Identify the authentication methods available in vRealize Automation
Identify the appropriate roles for specific tasks in vRealize Automation
Create tenants
Explain multitenant leading practices
Define relationships between vRealize Automation entities
Identify and configure vRealize Automation endpoints
Identify how vRealize Automation discovers compute resources
Identify fabric groups, business groups, and reservations
Create and manage reservations for compute resources

3. Converged Blueprints, Containers, and Catalog Management

Define blueprints
Identify the process and options for configuring blueprints
Create a blueprint with a single virtual machine
Create a blueprint with multiple virtual machines
Use parameters in blueprints
Describe containers
Identify the role of the service catalog
Define catalog items
Use entitlements to manage catalog items

4. Consuming Catalog Services

Request a single-machine service
Monitor the service provisioning status
Reconfigure a provisioned machine
Manage snapshots
Identify roles involved in creating approval policies
Identify approval policy level
Identify approval phases
Create and apply approval policies for catalog items
Use custom properties to modify the provisioning process
Use property groups to group sets of custom properties
Use the property dictionary to modify the provisioning process

5. Integrating NSX

Identify NSX capabilities
Describe the NSX components that vRealize Automation uses
Describe the benefits of NSX integration with vRealize Automation
Integrate vRealize Automation with NSX
Use NSX elements in vRealize Automation blueprints

6. Application Authoring

Detail the lifecycle of a vRealize Automation application deployment
Author an application blueprint
Deploy an application blueprint from the service catalog

7. Monitoring and Reclamation

Identify how to monitor resource use
Demonstrate how to reclaim resources
Demonstrate how to manage machine leases
Monitor system events

8. vRealize Automation Extensibility

Identify the vRealize Automation extensibility tools
Identify the vRealize Automation extensibility use cases
Use vRealize CloudClient to export a blueprint
Use vRealize Orchestrator
Use vRealize Orchestrator plug-ins for external integration
Describe anything-as-a-service (XaaS) components
Create an XaaS blueprint
Describe how the event broker service enhances extensibility
Identify the appropriate subscription types and options for a subscription
Describe the two event broker event types
Identify the three event broker phases
Illustrate the master workflow
Describe the necessary requirements for passing custom properties to workflows
Explain how the event broker helps with day 2 operations
Use scale-in and scale-out to size virtual appliances
Integrate VMware vSphere©_ virtual machine storage policies into blueprints

9. vRealize Automation Installation

Explain the vRealize Automation installation prerequisites
Describe the vRealize Automation installation procedure
Perform a vRealize Automation appliance deployment
Configure the vRealize Automation appliance