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Infrastructure Management can be installed and run on a VMware virtual machine (VM).

When deploying the product on VMs, be aware that additional overhead exists because resources are shared across VMs. The same performance that is possible running applications on a physical computer is not possible on VMs. However, VMs offer more flexibility and ease of administration for some aspects, such as high availability and backups. 

Consider the following VMware best practices:

  • If PATROL Agents in your environment are configured to connect with more than one Integration Service node in the cluster (with an active/active configuration), it is recommended to exclude the Integration Service node(s) from VMware HA. 
  • Use only two to three virtual machine snapshots in a chain. BMC recommends that you avoid using the single snapshot for more than 72 hours. You can either delete the snapshot or consolidate it. For more information, see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1009402.

  • Enable NIC teaming.

  • Use a VMware paravirtual NIC adapter for optimized performance.

  • For ESX storage, ensure that you use dedicated disk storage all virtual machines; avoid sharing disk storage. See Hardware requirements to support small, medium, and large environments for storage requirements.

  • Configure Jumbo frames for the storage adapter.

  • Reserve the resources that are allocated for the virtual machine on which the BMC applications are installed.
  • Periodically monitor the CPU usage of the host.

High-availability deployment and best practices for Infrastructure Management