VMware vCenter ETLs

You can use the VMware vCenter ETLs to collect data from the vCenter servers in your VMware environment. The collected data is used for analyzing and optimizing the capacity of your VMware infrastructure.

Use the following VMware vCenter ETLs for data collection:

  • VMware - vCenter Extractor Service: This is a service ETL that runs continuously to collect data from vCenter servers.The collected data includes the metrics for Capacity-Aware Placement Advice, Cloud capacity views, and vSphere Virtualization views. The metrics are collected with the default vCenter statistics collection level. BMC recommends to use this ETL for daily data collection. For information about configuring and running the ETL, see VMware vCenter Extractor Service.
  • VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor: This is a batch ETL that collects the historical data from vCenter and ESX servers. You must increase the statistics collection level for collecting historical data. You can use this ETL for data recovery. For information about configuring and running the ETL, see VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor.


Additional information

You cannot run the VMware - vCenter Extractor and VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor simultaneously. To collect historical data from vCenter and ESX servers you first need to configure and run the VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor. After the historical data is collected, configure and run the VMware - vCenter Extractor, which continuously polls and collects data from vCenter servers.

Supported VMware environments

TrueSight Capacity Optimization supports collecting data from the following VMware environments:

VMware host

VMware - vCenter Extractor Service

VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor

VMware ESX Server 5.5, 6.0 (vSphere), 6.5 (vSphere), and 6.7 (vSphere)

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VMware vCenter Server 5.5, 6.0 (vSphere), 6.5 (vSphere), and 6.7 (vSphere)

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VMware - vCenter and ESX Server 3.5

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Available metrics and logging levels

The VMware ETLs collect the configuration and performance metrics of the virtual machine instances in your VMware environment. For information about the metrics, see Metrics collected by VMware ETLs.

For information on the metrics collected at various logging levels (data collection levels) in VMware, see  Data collection levels in VMware .

Duplicate entities of vCenter hosts or VMs

Duplicate entities of vCenter hosts or VMs in entity catalogs are automatically identified by the VMware Automated Reconciliation task. You can reconcile and manage duplicate entities and sharing status of private entity catalogs according to your requirements.

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