Need some help learning vCO – I do and here is some!

Hello all,

Last year (while I still worked for VMware) I realized one day after a few meetings that the following year(s) would have a number of different mainstream products released that would in fact integrate with vCO capabilities.  We have seen the first one in the Horizon announcements.  This really got me thinking that I needed to learn more about vCO.  That did not quite work out but I was recently reminded how helpful it would be to know more about how to get vCO working and use it to accomplish useful things.  So I am going to do that and as part of that I wanted to put together a list of resources that would help me.  And perhaps help you too!  So here is my list of things that I think will help us to get started and working with vCO.  I guess I am assuming you know what vCO is, and that you want to learn more about it – which I think does make sense for most VMware admins since you own it, and it can help make your job easier.

Getting started

If you have access to VMworld.com this is a great resource.  It is more of an intro, and info about what you can do with vCO, but it is well done and informative – and it includes info on what is new in vSphere 5.5 for vCO.

Video from VMware Education

Video on Install / Configure and Integrate with vSphere Web Client – thanks to Mike Preston and vBrownbag.  As well, this group – vBrownbag, has a series on automation that covers off a number of products like PowerCLI, vCAC, and also vCO.  Check it out here.

Video from vCOTeam that looks like it will get you started and some other useful videos too.

Here is some video that will help you get started, and it looks good, but it does cost, but you may be able to get a 7-day free trial that might be enough.

I like this getting started series by Mike Preston.  Partially I like it due to the fact it uses the vCO appliance and I know that is a little more tricky but it is good to use it as I like to have it separated from vC for resource reasons.  Find here part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6.

Resources

Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator – this is a very good book but I think it is best once you are a little familiar with vCO.  The issue for me – I have and like the book – is that it did not help me much to do the getting started stuff as the UI has changed from when the book was released.  But once past that the book is quite good.  I am hopeful he will update it soon but not likely.

Good list of links can be found here.

VMware Education has a course here but it is for 5.1.  That may not be an issue for you.

A very good site to watch that has lots of vCO goodness and from a serious professional vCO guy.

The vCO team has a site here that is pretty good too!

Plan B

If you know you want to do something with vCO, but really know nothing about it and there is too much info above, and you want an actual outline of what to do to get started this is for you.

  • If you have access to VMworld.com this is a great resource – so start with it.  It is more of an intro, and info about what you can do with vCO, but it is well done and informative.
  • Next, use this video that will help you get started, but you may be able to get a 7-day free trial that might be enough.
  • If you cannot afford the video, or 7 days free is not enough, than do this: a getting started series by Mike Preston.    Find here part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6.
  • Now find something in your workplace or lab that is repetitious and consistent, and use vCO to do it.
  • To grow you skills use the resources above, and buy the book.

I think that this is a great collection of information and should help you get started.  Let me know how it goes!

4/14/14 0714 – Updated to add vBrownbag automation schedule.

Michael

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