VMware Smart Assurance discovery is the process of using VMware Smart Assurance object class models to create a representation of the managed topology within the repository, or database, of a Domain Manager. For the IP Manager, data is collected from the managed topology to create instances of the managed network systems, their relationships, their internal components, and their logical connections.

When a system is added to the managed network environment, the IP Manager performs discovery to determine the system’s configuration and its relationships to other managed systems and components. When a system is removed from the managed network environment and deleted from the topology, the IP Manager removes the system and all of its components from the modeled topology.

Systems can be added to or deleted from the modeled topology at any time. Adding new systems does not impede the ability of the IP Manager to monitor systems that are already managed.