If VMware Aria Operations does not discover objects after an adapter instance is configured, use manual discovery. Discovering objects is more efficient than adding objects individually.

Note: You use discovery to define objects for embedded adapters. VMware Aria Operations discovers objects that use external adapters.

Where You Find Discover Objects

From the left menu, click Environment and then, click Inventory. Click Discover Objects in the List tool bar.

Discover Objects

The Discoveries section of the describe.xml file for the adapter might include parameters for discovery information. The describe.xml file is in the conf sub folder of the adapter, for example xyz_adapter3/conf/describe.xml.

Options Description
Collector Collector that VMware Aria Operations uses to discover objects. Only the VMware Aria Operations Collector is added during installation.
Adapter Type Adapter type for the objects to discover.
Adapter Instance Adapter instance of the selected adapter type.
Discovery Info Selection depends on the adapter type. For example, for a vCenter adapter, the Discovery Info selection adds an option to discover objects of a particular object type.
Only New Objects On by default, to omit objects that are already discovered.

Object Type

Based on your selection of Adapter Type, Adapter Instance, and Discovery Info, the Object Type values change. The available adapter types are NSX-T, vCenter Adapter, vSAN Adapter.

NSX-T Object Types:
  • Edge Cluster
  • Firewall Section
  • Groups
  • Load Balancer Pool
  • Load Balancer Service
  • Load Balancer Virtual Server
  • Logical Router
  • Logical Switch
  • Router Service
  • Transport Node
  • Transport Zone
vCenter Object Types:
  • Cluster Compute Resource
  • Datastore
  • Datacenter
  • Folder
  • Host System
  • Resource Pool
  • Virtual Machine
vSAN Object Types:
  • Cache Disk
  • Capacity Disk
  • vSAN Cluster
  • vSAN Disk Group
  • vSAN Fault Domain
  • vSAN Witness Host