As an administrator of a virtual infrastructure, you want to know the state of the virtual machines in your environment at any given time. With BMC Server Automation, you can discover the virtual infrastructure inventory, and automatically register each discovered host server and virtual system as a managed server in BMC Server Automation.
Creating and executing a Virtual Infrastructure Discovery Job ensures that all virtual assets in the environment are known to BMC Server Automation, which results in the following benefits:
Managing the VM — Having a virtual machine registered in BMC Server Automation as a managed server enables you to view operating system-specific information about the virtual machine, and provides the ability to run Snapshot, Audit, and Compliance Jobs against that information. In addition, you can browse and manage the operating system and application-specific aspects of the virtual machine directly through the BMC Server Automation Console.
If an RSCD agent is not installed on the VM, the Virtual Infrastructure Discovery Job will still create a Server Object for the VM and you will need to install an RSCD agent on the system (for example, by creating and running an Agent Installer Job). This RSCD agent will enable you to manage the VM, that is, to perform operations such as running Snapshot, Audit, or Compliance Jobs, as you do on any other server.
For details about creating the job, see the following topics: