How to exclude VMware virtual resources from reports

Article:HOWTO7336  |  Created: 2007-05-11  |  Updated: 2012-01-26  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO7336
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Question
In an environment with multiple VMware GSX and ESX servers, each with multiple virtual machines, identical MAC (media access control address) addresses are being assigned. For example, the first virtual machine on every GSX/ESX server will be the same, and so one for each subsequent virtual.

 

ESX Server 1:
  virtual machine A MAC address: 00:50:56:C0:00:01
  virtual machine B MAC address: 00:50:56:C0:00:08

ESX Server 2:
  virtual machine A MAC address: 00:50:56:C0:00:01
  virtual machine B MAC address: 00:50:56:C0:00:08

This makes reporting by MAC addresses impossible.

Answer
VMware has been assigned the following prefix for their MAC addresses by IEEE: 00:50:56 or 00-50-56.

The MAC address is stored in the inv_aex_ac_tcpip table. The [mac address] column is pertinent. Also, the value in the [device] column for these virtuals will always begin with 'vm%' or 'vs%'.

 

The following tables are also pertinent:

 

Inventory for Clients:
    inv_aex_ac_virtualmachine

Inventory Pack for Servers:
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VirtualMachines
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Advanced_Settings
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Audio_Settings
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Controllers
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Count
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Hard_Disks
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_NIC_Settings
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Power_Settings
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Client_Snapshot_Settings
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Clients
    Inv_AeX_Srv_VMWare_Product


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