Browsing VMware virtual assets

The live browse capability makes it easy to see what is in your virtual inventory, and to verify information such as the number of virtual machines on a host server, how many are multi-NIC, and so on.

To browse VMware virtual assets

Prior to browsing VMware virtual assets, you must have distributed the vCenter configuration object on the vCenter server, as described in Setting up BMC Server Automation for virtual environments.

Note

To live browse a virtual node inventory, you must log on as a user whose role has the following additional authorizations:

  • PropertyInstance.Read authorization
  • Connection PropertyInstance.Read
  1. In the Servers folder, navigate to a VMware vCenter server.
  2. Right-click the server and select Browse.
  3. In the Live Browse tab or the content editor, expand the Live node.
  4. Expand the VMware vCenter Server server object type to display the nodes.

    View

    Description

    Inventory

    Shows the dynamic tree under a vCenter (this view is equivalent to the VMware Infrastructure client's "Hosts & Clusters" view). This tree view provides an easy way to see the hierarchical organization of the vCenter.

    Hosts

    Shows configuration and software information about each ESX host in the vCenter. The Hosts view includes all VMware hosts belonging to all clusters as well as those that do not belong to a cluster. Under each host, the view lists all the virtual machines for that host as well as the following information:

    • Configuration of the host, such as the hardware characteristics of the server (for example: storage, memory, and processor information) and various software-related settings (for example: memory shares, CPU shares)
    • Resource utilization, such as memory usage, CPU usage, and number of logical processors
    • Server properties, such as parent data center, parent cluster, entity ID, and entity type

    Clusters

    Shows all the clusters in the vCenter. This view includes:

    • Configuration information about the clusters created in the vCenter server
    • Specific server properties of the cluster, such as parent data center
    • Overall status of the cluster
    Datastore Clusters

    Shows all the datastore clusters in the vCenter. This view includes:

    • Datastores that are grouped under each datastore cluster in vCenter
    • Configuration information about the datastores and the datastore clusters created in the vCenter server
    • Specific server properties of the datastore cluster, such as parent data center
    • Overall status of the datastore cluster

    Templates

    Lists the available vCenter templates. A virtual machine template is a reusable image created from an existing virtual machine. This view lists each available template and provides key configuration information for the template, such as:

    • Template hardware, including the number of virtual processors, virtual machine memory, CPU limit, and so on
    • Template options, such as guest OS type, location and name of the configuration file, power off options, logging enablement, and so on
    • Template server properties, such as the parent data center

    Virtual Machines

    Lists all the virtual machines in the vCenter, in alphabetical order and the power status for each. The virtual machine view is a quick way to browse the virtual machines in the environment without having to navigate to each VMware host. For each virtual machine, you can view:

    • Hardware configuration, which includes virtual processors, virtual machine memory, hyperthreading sharing mode, and so on
    • Virtual machine options, such as guest OS type, location and name of the configuration file, power off options, logging enablement, and so on
    • Guest information, which shows the state of the virtual machine, the datastore name, and the VMware tools status
    • Resources, such as the resource pool
    • Resource utilization statistics, such as CPU usage and host memory usage
    • Server properties, such as parent data center, parent cluster, entity ID and entity type

    Configuration

    Lists various configuration information related to the vCenter server, such as underlying OS details, vCenter server name, and version.

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