Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)

This course covers the basics of vCloud Automation Center, including features and functions, components, use cases, and architecture. This course applies to the VMware product that is now named vRealize Automation. Although the name has been updated, the product and material in this course is still the same.
Course info
Rating
(89)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 1, 2014
Duration
2h 37m
Table of contents
Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)
vCAC Overview
vCloud Automation Center Identity Service
vCloud Automation Center Server Service
vCloud Automation Center IaaS
vSphere and Other Required Infrastructure Components
Architecture Overview and Deployment Options
Description
Course info
Rating
(89)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 1, 2014
Duration
2h 37m
Description

This course is an introduction to VMware's vCloud Automation Center, which is an automation and self-service platform for enterprise infrastructures. It helps to provide ITaaS, federate workloads, and enable the orchestration of common tasks and delivery items. This course will go through the individual components that make up vCAC and the purposes they serve. It will also look at interactions between the components as well as external integrations for provisioning, resource management, and reporting. Additionally, we will look at how vCAC fits into overall enterprise vSphere deployments and some common use cases. Finally, an architecture and deployment overview will serve as a lead into the upcoming Part 2 of this topic which will be an install/configure course. This course applies to the VMware product that is now named vRealize Automation. Although the name has been updated, the product and material in this course is still the same.

About the author
About the author

Brian has been an IT professional for over 10 years in various customer-facing consultancy and technical administration roles. He specializes in VMware virtualization, networking, and storage technologies. He currently works as a vSpecialist for EMC serving as a technical advisor on virtualization and storage products.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center, and I'll be your instructor for this course. My name is Brian Tobia. Let's get started. So, a little bit about myself. I've been an IT professional for over 10 years focused on virtualization mainly with VMware, networking, and storage. I listed out a few of the certifications I do hold, and I'm a big part of the VMware community, so I've been elected a vExpert for 2012, 2013, and 2014, and so you'll find me very active on the communities whether it's on Twitter or on the community forums, so feel free to reach out to me.

vCAC Overview
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vCloud Automation Center Overview. So, first we'll look at a vCAC or vCloud Automation Center Overview. We'll talk about what the product is and why you might want to use it. Next, we'll look at some of the features and benefits of the platform and the things that enables you as an IT department or as a VMware administrator to do. We'll look at some typical use cases and why you might implement vCloud Automation Center or the types of things that you would use the product to accomplish. So, you'll notice while this is a standalone product there's a lot of integration within the vSphere ecosystem with other products such as vCenter Server, ESXi hosts, or even things like vCenter Operations, ITBM, so it pulls in a lot of data and does a lot of orchestration between a lot of different components, and we'll talk about what those are and why you might use them. We'll then look at integration with external products as well. So, not only can vCloud Automation Center control or integrate with vSphere components, but it can also do things like physical hosts, cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, or Vmware's Hybrid Cloud service, so there are a lot of different options that you get with the product. We'll talk about what some of those external integrations are. Let's get started.

vCloud Automation Center Identity Service
Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vCloud Automation Center Identity Service. In this module we'll cover: We'll talk about what the vCAC Identity Service is, what functions it provides, and how it fits with the overall deployment of vCloud Automation Center. Then we'll look at different authentication methods that you can use both for vCAC and also vCenter Server, things like Active Director, LDAP, and also local authentication. Next we'll look at integration with the other vCAC components, so we'll talk about what uses the Identity Service as far as other services and different vCAC components, and we'll look at how those all fit together. Then we'll talk about external requirements, so this will be more towards the deployment side. We'll look at the different things you want to have in place before deploying the Identity Service and things that it relies on. We'll also cover the concept of organizations, users, and groups, and this is key to vCAC's multi-tenancy capabilities is it's built upon the foundation of organizations and then users and groups that belong to those organizations. So, we'll look at how that breaks down, and we'll talk about the different options you have there. Lastly, we'll talk about some best practices that you want to look at when you're both deploying and using the Identity Service, so let's get started.