VMware automation tools can help administrators accomplish a task in a shorter amount of time and can turn routine chores, such as taking a snapshot of a VM , into something that requires less intervention from IT. Reducing the manual fiddling of the infrastructure also reduces chances of human error.
In general, automation is something that can benefit a business as administrators build their proficiency with available tools. While virtualization has made certain aspects of the data center easier to handle, rising infrastructure complexity and growing business demands mean IT professionals need to develop more efficient methods to respond to everyday needs.
This guide covers the software, techniques and best practices VMware professionals are using in their environment to streamline common processes and speed up workflows.
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Many facets to VMware automation
Companies are always relying on IT professionals to do more with less while also pushing for a presence in new areas, such as cloud computing. There are plenty of automation products an administrator can use to get the job done, but having a solid implementation strategy should be front and center with any initiative.
With VMware vMA, a virtualization administrator gets a free tool that is simple to use with the flexibility of a virtual appliance. Continue Reading
Free and flexible
One automation tool that administrators can add to their arsenal is VMware's vSphere PowerCLI, which can automate vSphere and vCloud management. Administrators can tap into PowerShell cmdlets to execute commands across their environment's virtual inventory.
VMware's Cloud Suite and other features can limit what admins can do with infrastructure options, but PowerCLI commands can give admins their power back. Continue Reading
System admins will be happy with the new additions in PowerCLI 5.5. New tagging functionality and new cmdlets will please automation-happy admins. Continue Reading
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One way to handle your cloud
Another VMware automation tool that IT professionals can use is vCloud Automation Center. VMware's cloud management software product comes in three editions and gives administrators a utility to control VM sprawl and automate application delivery, among other things. VMware is planning to rename the product vRealize Automation by the end of 2014 as part of a rebranding strategy.
VMware vCAC allows admins to manage "orphan infrastructures" and prevent VM sprawl, which can save time and energy. Continue Reading
These steps will teach you how to install vCAC onto a virtual machine, which lets you test out the cloud computing tool without a lot of complications. Continue Reading
Streamline your workflows
One VMware automation tool that can be used for bulk operations is vCenter Orchestrator (vCO). Admins can use vCO to automate the shutdown of a VM, to add extra vCPUs and to start a VM. VMware packages vCO for free with vCenter Server and is another tool for integrating scripting and automation in order to speed deployments.
Combining the strength of PowerCLI scripts with vCenter Orchestrator gives vSphere admins increased automation capabilities. Continue Reading
If you need to create snapshots of recurring tasks, experts suggest using VMware vCenter Orchestrator to consolidate them. Continue Reading
Key automation terms
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