A brand-new book from VMware Press by Cody Bunch (Twitter|Blog) provides complete coverage of vCenter Orchestrator. Learn how to deploy, configure, and manage the vCO infrastructure to take your vSphere automation to the next level with Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator.
Cody’s writing style is easy to read as he breaks down the various concepts into easy bites, even inventing a notional company to provide examples for some of the tasks. These real-world examples really add value to the book and will help new users understand concepts and procedures.
I thought it was especially useful to include a section on how Onyx can be used to generate scripts to tackle more advanced tasks. Several interesting appendices cover things like troubleshooting and deploying a vCO virtual appliance (vApp).
All in all, this is a useful read for vSphere administrators and is a reasonable length for reading cover-to-cover.
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