Over and over again I always have received the same question. “José, how did you learn so vRA & vRO”. Well, I can tell you, there is no Magic and YES, you need to put some effort on it.
I had quite some time to prepare myself for this journey, where discipline and planning made the trick for a good & faster adoption. If I can divide the learning in 4 major topics that would be:
Planning ( What / When / How long / Goal )
What – What will you study
book chapter / specific web page / video classes / Etc
Don’t be generic neither stay on “googling it..” you will lose time and won’t focus
When – Yes, Specific Date / Time
Try to schedule every day for few hours instead of 1-2 days long hours
Try to use techniques like Pomodoro’s Technique
Plan your session timeline (days/weeks) & daily breaks (short/long)
Have pre-settled goals – It will help you to push until the daily-goal
Do not get distracted by anything (cellphones/whatsapp/facebook/etc) that will kill your attention and lose time.
Hereby example what I have done myself using toggl ( or at least what I remembered to have started the app😊 )
Having said this, time for the GOAL of this POST.
- Collect all information about what you want to study (if you are reading here, YOU already have what you need! )
- Read the step above… 😊
I am big fan of Eric Shanks (https://twitter.com/eric_shanks ), besides his skills and blog (https://theithollow.com ) he has created 2 full blow courses about vRealize Automation 7.
Don’t worry about version at this stage (7.0 – 7.4) really same interface and few characteristics are changing it. If you want to have the latest and greatest version 7.5 few things will change (mainly on UI/Service Catalog), anyway “you will manage”!
As first Step, subscribe to 30 days trial from Pluralsight.com in order to watch the video classes Eric has created.
Disclaimer 1: I don’t receive anything to recommend such service or blogs/posts, although It worked very well for me.
Side Note: If you would like to have 3 months trial from Pluralsight, just follow the link below, here MSDN gives you for learning visual studio
Getting Started with vRealize Automation 7
< https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/getting-started-vrealize-automation-7/table-of-contents >
Of course, it’s very important to always practice what the videos has shown you, hence DEMO it !
As second step, The best way of Demo it, is doing from scratch, although not many people has a home lab with 32GB+ Ram in order to run this beast! So you also can use the following links to have good idea about the product & run most of the scenarios (except deployment) on VMware HOL (hands-on-lab);
HOL-1921-01-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Getting Started
HOL-1921-02-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Topics
HOL-1921-03-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Extensibility
As third Step, continue the 2nd video Eric has created about Extending Capabilities with vRA.
Particularly speaking I really love this videos, where it touches integration with NSX, vRO (briefly) and one of most important things is Custom Properties & Service Broker.
This is very important to start to understand, once all Custom workflows (vRO) will require those two guys to do a good job for us later.
Extending the Capabilities of vRealize Automation 7
< https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/extending-capabilities-of-vrealize-automation-7/table-of-contents >
Other blog that I use a lot and respect all his content is from Michael Rudloff (https://twitter.com/michael_rudloff / https://open902.com/ ).
If you have problems to deploy vRA about certificates or want to learn better how OpenSSL and Root Certificates in Windows works, hereby a GREAT POST (https://open902.com/create-a-windows-enterprise-ca-and-issue-certificates-for-vra-and-other-vmware-products-with-examples/ );
Once you got familiar with “Hands-on”, it’s time to understand deeply what and how things works. Hereby the best book I have read so far about vRA & IT’S FREE!!!
BIG THANKS TO CLOUD ADVISORS Team to have shared this with community
That’s it guys!!! You have found the jackpot and I am 1000% sure you will learn way faster “naked vRA”.
Blogs to take a look:
Eric Shanks : https://theithollow.com/2016/01/11/vrealize-automation-7-guide/
Michael Rudloff: https://open902.com/
vRA Book: https://cloudadvisors.net/vra-buch/
2 thoughts on “How To Learn vRealize Automation #vRA”
Is there ay notes/videos for vRA 8.1?
Thanks in advance.
Then only things for vRA 8.x is the what’s new section + you also can follow the CAS (vRA Cloud) that’s very similar product, but on cloud version. If you follow all steps should be equal for on-prem version 👍👍