DevOps for VMware Administrators

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 4/1/2015
  • Publisher: VMware Press

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DevOps for VMware® Administrators is the first book focused on using DevOps tools and practices with VMware technologies. The authors introduce high-value tools from third parties and VMware itself, and guide you through using them to improve the performance of all your virtualized systems and applications. You’ll walk through automating and optimizing configuration management, provisioning, log management, continuous integration, and more.


The authors also offer step-by-step coverage of deploying and managing applications at scale with Docker containers and Google Kubernetes. They conclude with an up-to-the-minute discussion of VMware’s newest DevOps initiatives, including VMware vRealize Automation and VMware
vRealize Code Stream.


Coverage includes


     •    Understanding the challenges that DevOps tools and practices can help VMware administrators to solve

     •    Using Vagrant to quickly deploy Dev and Test environments that match production system specifications

     •    Writing Chef “recipes” that streamline server configuration and maintenance

     •    Simplifying Unix/Linux configuration management and orchestration with Ansible

     •    Implementing Docker containers for faster and easier application management

     •    Automating provisioning across the full lifecycle with Razor

     •    Integrating Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and VMware PowerCLI to automate key Windows Server and vSphere VM admin tasks

     •    Using Puppet to automate infrastructure provisioning, configuration, orchestration, and reporting

     •    Supercharging log management with ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana)

     •    Supporting DevOps source code management with Git and continuous integration practices with Jenkins

     •    Achieving continuous integration, delivery, and deployment with VMware’s vRealize Code Stream



Author Biography

Trevor Roberts, Jr. is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager for VMware. Trevor

has the CCIE Data Center certification, and he is a VMware Certified Advanced Professional

in the Data Center Design and Administration concentrations. In his spare time,

Trevor shares his insights on data center technologies at http://www.VMTrooper.

com, via the vBrownBag Professional OpenStack and Professional VMware podcasts,

and on Twitter (@VMTrooper). His contributions to the IT community have garnered

recognition by his designation as a VMware vExpert, Cisco Data Center Champion, and

EMC Elect.


Josh Atwell is a Cloud Architect for SolidFire, focusing on VMware and automation

solutions. Over the past 10+ years, he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code

to do his work for him through various automation tools. Josh is a father of two boys with

wife Stephanie, and a daughter is on the way in early 2015. Based in the Raleigh, North

Carolina, area, he enjoys time with his family, golf, audiobooks, and trying new bourbons.

Josh has been highly active in the virtualization community, where he’s been a leader of

technology-based user groups such as CIPTUG, VMUG, and UCS Users Group. Josh

has worked with others on preparing for their professional development pursuits through

the vBrownBag podcast and the Virtual Design Master competition. Josh is also a regular

public speaker and contributing author to the Mastering vSphere series. Never known for

lacking an opinion, he blogs at vtesseract.com and talks shop on Twitter as @Josh_Atwell.


Egle Sigler (@eglute, anystacker.com) is currently a Principal Architect at Rackspace. She

started her career as a software developer, and still has a soft spot for all the people that

write, test, and deploy code, because she had a chance to do all of those tasks. Egle dreams

about a day when writing, testing, and deploying code will be a seamless and easy process,

bug and frustration free for all. Egle believes that knowledge should be shared, and tries to

do so by writing this book, giving talks and workshops at conferences, and blogging.


Yvo van Doorn has more than a decade of system administration experience. The first

part of his career, he manually built out and configured bare-metal servers. At Classmates,

Yvo became a champion of configuration management and virtualization. Before joining

Chef, he learned firsthand the power of VMware’s products when he moved a small Seattle

technology company’s complete production stack over to its virtualization platform. He’s

a strong believer in the culture change that comes with DevOps. When he isn’t busy

spreading the gospel of Chef, he’s probably enjoying a hoppy IPA, exploring the great

outdoors, or celebrating his Dutch heritage while eating a wheel of gouda and watching

Oranje lose the World Cup. Yvo lives with his wife and black lab in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Part 1. Introduction to DevOps
1. Three Ways of DevOps
2. DevOps Tools
3. Setting up a DevOps Configuration Management Test Environment

Part 2. Puppet
4. Intro to Puppet Puppet Architecture LiPuppet Enterprise
5. Systems Management Tasks in Puppet
6. VMware vSphere Management with Puppet vmware-vcsa vmware-vcenter vmware-vshield

Part 3. Chef
7. Intro to Chef Chef Architecture LiEnterprise Chef
8. Systems Management Tasks with Chef
9. VMware vSphere Management with Chef

Part 4: Ansible
10. Intro to Ansible
11. Systems Management with Ansible

Part 5. PowerShell 4.0
12. Intro to PowerShell
13. Systems Management with PowerShell and Multi-Tier Application Management

Part 6. Advanced Topics
14. Server Provisioning and Razor
15. OpenStack Deployment and Puppet OpenStack Modules
16. Continuous Integration System Deployment


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