Getting Started with vRealize Orchestrator

Recently,  I had started to put together some content around getting started with vRealize Orchestrator.  Regularly, I hear how hard it is and I don’t disagree because it is different from what we as infrastructure folks work on a daily basis.  It is time to accept that automation is not going anywhere and this is a valuable skill that you need to know.  As I start to think of ideas I see that there is actually a lot of good content already created.  Joseph Griffith just recently posted a manual, code and a video on vRO.  Then there was another post from Brian Watrous and he has a whole series of videos to help you get started.   Also, Scott Norris has some videos as well.   I decided I would just put together where the content is if someone is interested.

All that aside there are a number of other great resources out there to help you on your way to learning vRO.  Find one that adds value to a project or makes your life easier.  You can find a lot of resources on the vCOTeam blog.  Need a custom hostname Sid Smith has one built and ready for you to download.

Before you know it you will be able to build custom XaaS workflows that you can leverage in your vRealie Automation deployment.  Then you can leverage Event Broker and that will make your life even easier.  There is also a great class out there from VMware but make sure you have a little hands on first.  Don’t forget about Hand’s on Labs as well this is a great resource if you don’t have a lab at home.

Here are a few others to check out as well:

VMware Course

Hands on labs

vRealize Orchestrator – Getting Started

Plurasite Course

Author: rsnyder

Randy Snyder is a Cloud Automation Specialist at VMware. He started his IT career in the US military and over the years has supported a number of different technologies. Recently he completed his TOGAF and AWS certifications and is currently pursuing VMware Cloud Management certifications. Beyond technical content he would like to share thoughts around other skills that you should consider along your career path. The technical field is constantly changing and you need to shift your thinking along with it. Disclaimer: Posts and opinions contained within this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not reflect the opinions or strategies of my employer. Also, applying the solutions discussed in this blog to your own systems is done at your own risk. I cannot be held responsible for ramifications of applying any of the solutions contained herein.