With manual discovery, shown in GUID-A4F13FCA-3745-4551-A232-46B6381FC73B.html#GUID-A4F13FCA-3745-4551-A232-46B6381FC73B___IP_CONCEPTS_DISCOVERY_95824, the IP Manager discovers a set of systems that are specified in a seed file, or discovers an individual system that is specified in an Add Agent command. This method is useful in networks where the topology information is available from a well-maintained database.

Using this method with a comprehensive seed file is the quickest method for discovering a network because all systems are discovered by using the system hostnames or IP addresses that are already in the seed file. VMware Smart Assurance IP Manager User Guide provides instructions on creating a seed file.