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This topic provides information about BMC Capacity Optimization configuration for collecting data directly from VMware environments using one of the following ETL tasks:

You cannot run the VMware - vCenter Extractor and VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor service simultaneously. To import the historical or legacy data from vCenter and ESX servers you first need to start the VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor, then stop this service. Once the historical data is imported, start the VMware - vCenter Extractor service which continuously polls and collect data from vCenter servers.

  • VMware - vCenter Extractor Service: A Service ETL task that continuously polls and collects data from vCenter servers. Once a Service ETL is started, it runs continuously on BMC Capacity Optimization. The VMware - vCenter Extractor Service ETL task collects all of the metric required for Capacity-Aware Placement Advice, Cloud Capacity Views, and the VMware Virtual Farm view without requiring you to increase the vCenter statistics collection level.
  • VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor: An ETL task that imports historical or legacy data from vCenter and ESX servers. ETL tasks are started and stopped by the Scheduler (see BMC Capacity Optimization Scheduler administration). The VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor ETL task requires you to increase the vCenter statistics collection level.

Note

For information about how to configure BMC Capacity Optimization to collect data for VMware environments from BMC Performance Assurance, see Integrating with BMC Performance Assurance.

Supported VMware environments

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

VMware host

VMware - vCenter Extractor Service

VMware - vCenter and ESX Server History Extractor

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Configuring BMC Capacity Optimization to collect data from a VMware environment

You can configure BMC Capacity Optimization to collect data from a VMware environment by performing one of the following procedures:

Importing VMware events

For information about importing events from a VMware environment, see Importing VMware events into BMC Capacity Optimization.

Available metrics and logging levels

For information about the metrics collected by the VMware ETL modules, see Metrics collected by the VMware ETLs.