If you are interested in how you can work smarter with VMware vSphere, Orchestrator is your answer. If you haven’t heard of Orchestrator you are not alone. Until recently it has been one of VMware’s best kept secrets.
Orchestrator is a workflow tool that comes out of the box with a library of predefined workflows. There are also a large number of 3d party plugins that allow it to coordinate processes across multiple platforms and allow it to integrate with your own applications.
One of the coolest things about Orchestrator is that it allows you to enforce your business logic and best practices around how you manage your vSphere infrastructure. Gone are the days of each admin doing things their own way and occasionally forgetting proper procedure.
The other great thing is that it is FREE. It comes with vCenter so there is no excuse not to use it… Unless you don’t know how to use it.
If you aren’t familiar with Orchestrator, information has been a little tough to come by. That has been changed now with the release of the new book, Automating vSphere: With VMware vCenter Orchestrator . The author, Cody Bunch (website | twitter), is a Private Cloud architect and vExpert. I just purchased my kindle edition and started reading it yesterday. I’m pretty excited to learn more about it and will post a review when I complete it.
*Disclaimer: I work with Cody and am his co-author on two upcoming books, Exam Prep for VCAP5 DCA and Exam Prep for VCAP5 DCD. However any opinion expressed here is my own, for better or worse.