With vRealize Operations 6, VMware has added Configuration Management capability to the core platform. I covered some of them here. My advice is to use the integrated vRealize Operations to do your configuration management. If there are items that cannot be covered, then you review the classic vRealize Configuration Management. It provides a much broader set of properties that can be tracked.
How do you know what it can track? It’s all listed in the manual 🙂
Open the online manual. You will get a screenshot like below.
Expand the table of contents until you see vCenter. In the screen below, I’ve expanded it. As you can see, what you can track in vCenter is also listed in the content area.
VCM can track VM, Host, Cluster, Datastore, Folder, Network, and vCenter itself.
Let’s say you want to see what VM properties you can track. Expand the vCenter Guests. vCenter Guest is VM. As you can see below, there are many properties of a VM that you can track.
Let’s see some of them. Expand the Guest Summary, and the content will be shown on the right portion of screen. Now, to see the actual properties, you need to click the “View the columns and descriptions” link. I’ve marked it with a large number 2. It will expand, and show you all the properties, together with their description.
It’s a pretty long list, so you need to scroll to see the complete list.
A VM has many properties. What if you want to see the Networking properties? Click on the vCenter Guest Network link. Again, don’t forget to expand (see the large number 2).
The above is for VM. What about other objects? Where is Cluster, Folder, Data Center, for example?
Well, they are a part of vCenter Inventory, so that’s where you find them. See screenshot below. Again, don’t forget to click the link to expand 🙂
That’s it. Hope you find it useful.