I’ve decided to take the VCP6-CMA exam, and as part of my studies towards the exam, I noticed that there aren’t many study guides for the newer version of the cloud VCP certification.
As I plan to take the exam in the next couple of weeks, I will do my best to complete as much as I can in that time frame.
1.1. Objective 1.1 – Explain vRealize Suite Editions and Features
Differentiate vCloud Air solutions
- vCloud Air solutions reside in the cloud in VMware owned datacenters, but are fully managed by the end user from their own infrastructure
- Can use a defined endpoint in vRA to provision services in the cloud to vCloud Air and use vRealize Business to provide reporting and billing information
Describe vRealize Automation/vCloud Air integration options
- Provisioning or decommissioning a new machine, especially for mission-critical systems, typically requires interacting with a number of different management systems, including DNS servers, load balancers, CMDBs, IP Address Management and other systems. Administrators can inject custom logic (known as workflows) at various predetermined IaaS life cycle stages. These IaaS workflows can call out to vRealize Orchestrator for bi-directional integration with external management systems. For details about machine lifecycle extensibility, see Machine Extensibility.
Describe available vRealize Suite editions
- vRealize Suite is available in Advanced and Enterprise editions.
Explain vRealize Application Services functionality
- Formerly known as Application Director, Application Services automates and manages the life cycle of deployments for multitier enterprise applications in hybrid cloud environments. Enterprise users can standardize, deploy, configure, update, and scale complex applications in dynamic cloud environments. These applications can range from simple Web applications to complex custom applications and packaged applications. Artifact management supports the use of logical names for build files and other types of software artifacts, allowing users to deploy applications without regard for the physical location or identifier of such files. Application architects can use the drag-and-drop interface to create visual application blueprints. Application architects can use the prepopulated and extensible library of standard logical templates, application infrastructure service, components, and scripts to model an application blueprint. These blueprints standardize the structure of the application, including software components, dependencies, and configurations, for repeated deployments. Teams can deploy application blueprints across different environments. Teams can repeatedly deploy a standard blueprint, customize configurations as allowed, and deploy in IT-approved deployment environments. From an application blueprint, you can create different deployments by using deployment profiles to test prototypes or deploy mission-critical multitier applications in production environments. You can use composite deployment files to bundle deployment profiles, bind their properties, and deploy them in a specified order. You can also publish deployment profiles as catalog items in vRealize Automation
Explain vRealize Orchestrator functionality
- vRO is a process automation tool that provides a library of workflows.
- Can be used to manage vSphere infrastructure as well as third party environments (Microsoft, AD, F5 etc.)
- Uses extensible plug in architecture to provide additional functionality
- Exposes all vCenter operations in the vCenter Server API
- Integrates with Advanced Service Designer so Service Architects can enable Xaas catalog items in vRA (create AD user, change password etc.)
Determine the appropriate vRealize Suite edition based on customer requirements