When importing topology into VMware Smart Assurance, start with an XML document that complies with the ICIM/XML standard and represents any topological elements managed by VMware Smart Assurance. The XML document is imported into the Manager using the XML Adapter and the objects are migrated into the repository of the Manager. VMware Smart Assurance XML Adapter import process illustrates the XML Adapter import process.

Figure 1. VMware Smart Assurance XML Adapter import process

The XML Adapter can import a large set of topology elements in one process or it can be used to make incremental updates to existing objects in the repository.

When exporting topology from VMware Smart Assurance, the XML Adapter extracts topological information from the Manager and produces an ICIM/XML-compliant document. VMware Smart Assurance XML Adapter export process illustrates the export process for the XML Adapter.

Figure 2. VMware Smart Assurance XML Adapter export process

The XML Adapter provides a structured method for transferring information in and out of a running Manager. Use it to perform these tasks, including:

  • Adding or deleting objects

  • Setting the value of attributes

  • Inserting objects in or removing objects from relationships