Through the polling settings for IP availability monitoring, you control the ICMP and SNMP connectivity polling of the managed network objects in your network. The polled information serves as input to IP Availability Manager‘s availability analysis of switches, routers, hubs, bridges, and other systems.
The IP Availability Manager provides the following polling settings for IP availability monitoring:
Connectivity Polling - External Poller
Connectivity Polling for IPv6 Addresses
Connectivity Polling for IPv6 Addresses - External Poller
Default IP_Route Connectivity Polling
The “Connectivity Polling” and “Connectivity Polling - External Poller” settings are mutually exclusive, which means that only one or the other (but not both) can be applied to a polling group at any given time. The “Connectivity Polling for IPv6 Addresses” and “Connectivity Polling for IPv6 Addresses - External Poller” settings are also mutually exclusive.
The VMware Smart Assurance IP Manager Reference Guide provides information on connectivity polling setting parameters and external poller settings.