After you install a management pack, add and configure an instance to start collecting data.


Ensure that both SMI-S Agent and SLPv2 are enabled on Fabric CIM Server. Contact your CIM Server vendor to get the required support on enabling the agents and configuring the fabric and switch profiles.
Note: The first step in managing a network of SAN elements is discovering the location and support available on CIM Server through SLP (Service Location Protocol). The VMware Aria Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices uses SLPv2 to discover SMI-S services, gather information on provided services and the URLs where those services are located.


  1. In the menu, click Administration.
  2. In the left pane, expand Solutions and click Other Accounts.
  3. Under Other Accounts, click the Add Account icon.
  4. Select the Fabric Server Adapter and configure the instance settings.
    Option Action
    Display Name Enter a name for the adapter instance.
    Description Enter a description for the adapter instance.
    Fabric Server Enter the fabric CIM server IP or URL of the host on which the CIM server is installed. The VMware Aria Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices supports CIM servers that manage Fibre Channel switches only. It does not support CIM servers that manage arrays.
  5. To add the credentials used to access the Fabric Server, click the Add icon.
    Option Description
    Credential Name Enter the name by which you are identifying the configured credentials.
    Username Enter the username for the Brocade or Cisco Fabric Switch CIM server.
    Password Enter the password for the Brocade or Cisco Fabric Switch CIM server.
    Note: For the Cisco Fabric CIM server, the user name and password are for the Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and not the Cisco switch.
  6. Accept all the security certificates from the Fabric Switch CIM Server and then click OK.
  7. Click Test Connection to validate the connection.
  8. The Advanced Settings area includes the Collector drop-down box, in which you can select the collector upon which you want to run the adapter instance. A collector gathers objects into its inventory for monitoring. The collector specified by default has been selected for optimal data collecting.
  9. Click Save Settings.


The adapter is added to the Adapter Instance list and is active.

What to do next

To verify that the adapter is configured and collecting data from the objects in the storage topology, wait a few collection cycles, then view application-related data.
  • Inventory Explorer. Verify that all the objects related to the Fabric Server Instance are listed. Objects should be in the collecting state and receiving data.

If your environment includes multiple vCenter Server systems on the same storage network, you must create as many Fabric CIM Servers as the network configuration requires.