The VMware Smart Assurance Broker facilitates Global Console connections to the component applications in an VMware Smart Assurance system deployment.

When you start a Global Console process, the process connects to the Broker and launches a dialog box through which the user views and selects any component application that is registered with the Broker. After the user selects an application, the Global Console connects to the application and disconnects from the Broker. The Broker can support IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. If the component applications in your deployment are identified by IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, the Broker must reside on a dual-stack host so that it has both an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address. If all component applications in your deployment use the same IP protocol version, the Broker must reside on a host with an IP address that accepts that protocol version.