How Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 discovers VirtualCenter and ESX servers

Article:HOWTO78866  |  Created: 2012-08-24  |  Updated: 2012-08-24  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO78866
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How Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 discovers VirtualCenter and ESX servers

Veritas Operations Manager uses designated Control Hosts to discover the information on the virtual machines. You must install the Control Host Add-on on the managed hosts that you want to designate as Control Hosts. Control Host uses the VMware Infrastructure SDK (VI SDK) to access the VirtualCenter and the ESX servers.

Ensure that the Control Hosts can ping the VirtualCenter servers or the ESX servers from which they can discover the information on VMware Infrastructure. Ideally, a Control Host and a VirtualCenter server or an ESX server from which the Control Host wants to discover the information on VMware Infrastructure must be on the same subnet.

When you configure the virtualization discovery in Veritas Operations Manager, you must ensure that you have appropriate privileges to access the VirtualCenter or the ESX servers. Also, you must ensure that you have Browse Datastore privileges on the VirtualCenter or the ESX servers from which you want to discover the VMware Infrastructure information. There are two methods to enable the virtualization discovery of the servers. The Auto Discover option, when enabled, allows you to discover all the ESX servers that are currently existing as well as any new servers that are added under the VirtualCenter automatically. The Select ESX Servers option allows you to select some or all of the ESX servers. If the servers are selectively enabled, the new servers configured under VirtualCenter are discovered only after they are manually enabled using the Edit Virtualization Configuration wizard panel.

The VirtualCenter or the ESX servers contains a Web server, which is an Apache Tomcat server. The web services that are hosted on the Web server communicate with the VMware Infrastructure. After you configure a virtualization discovery, the Control Host uses VI SDK to communicate with the web services that are hosted on the Web server. For this communication, the Control Host uses the HTTPS protocol.

The URL for the VMware SDK web services is as follows:

https://traditional host name of the VirtualCenter or the ESX servers/sdk

After the discovery of VMware Infrastructure, the Control Host reports the discovered data to Management Server. Management Server coalesces the data that it receives from the Control Host and populates the relevant views.

See About discovering the VMware Infrastructure using Veritas Operations Manager 5.0

See Requirements for discovering VirtualCenter and ESX servers using Veritas Operations Manager 5.0

See Information that Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 discovers on the VMware Infrastructure components

See About the datastores in Veritas Operations Manager 5.0

See Limitations of the discovery of VirtualCenter and ESX servers in Veritas Operations Manager 5.0

See Configuring the virtualization discovery in Veritas Operations Manager 5.0

See About Control Hosts in Veritas Operations Manager 5.0


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