To begin monitoring your environment with vRealize Operations Manager, you configure the VMware vSphere solution. The solution includes the vCenter Server adapter that collects data from the target vCenter Server instances.

Where You Find the Manage Solution - VMware vSphere Workspace

Select Administration > Solutions in the left pane. On the Solutions tab, select VMware vSphere and click Configure on the toolbar.

Manage Solution - VMware vSphere Workspace Options

In addition to the options on the Manage Solution page, you can also define monitoring goals, and manage registrations.

Table 1. Manage Solution Page Options



Adapter Type list

Provides a list of the adapters included in the solution.

Configured adapters provide the settings and credentials that vRealize Operations Manager must communicate with your vCenter Server instances or action instances.

After you update your instance of vRealize Operations Manager and select the option to overwrite alert definitions and symptom definitions, you must overwrite your existing compliance alert definitions. To reset the default content, navigate to the Solutions configuration page, and click Administration > Solutions. Click the VMware vSphere solution, click Configure, and in the Manage Solution workspace, click Reset Default Content.

The option named Reset Default Content ensures that compliance standards are current for your vSphere 6.0 and 5.5 objects. The alert definitions and symptom definitions now include the compliance standards for both vSphere 6.0 and 5.5.

  • When you upgrade your current version of vRealize Operations Manager, you must select the option to overwrite alert definitions and symptom definitions.

  • If you do not overwrite your alert definitions and symptom definitions with the new content provided with this release, some compliance rules include the new alert and symptom definitions, while other compliance rules continue to use outdated alert and symptom definitions.

Instance Name list

List of configured adapter instances based on the selected adapter type.

This list is blank until you configure at least one instance.

Instance Settings

Settings used to identify the target vCenter Server instance.

  • Display name. Enter the name for the vCenter Server instance as you want it to appear in vRealize Operations Manager. A common practice is to include the IP address so that you can readily identify and differentiate between instances.

  • Description. Enter any additional information that helps you manage your instances.

Basic Settings

Minimum settings used to connect to the target vCenter Server.

  • vCenter Server. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the target vCenter Server instance. The FQDN or IP address must be reachable from all nodes in the vRealize Operations Manager cluster.

  • Credentials. Click the plus sign to add a credential name, which is the display name, the user name of the credentials you are using to connect to this vCenter Server instance, and the associated password.

vCenter Actions

Settings used to configure the adapter to run actions on objects in the vCenter Server from vRealize Operations Manager,

  • Enable Actions? The vCenter adapter is configured to run actions on objects in the vCenter Server instance by default. Select Disable if you do not want the adapter to run actions. Select Enable to run actions on objects.

  • (Optional) Alternate Action Credentials. You can use the same credentials you provided to connect to the vCenter Server to run actions, or click this option to provide alternative credentials.

  • Test Connection. Click to verify that the provided credentials can connect to the target vCenter Server and so that you can validate the certificate. The certificate presented is the leaf certificate for the vCenter Server instance, not the complete certificate chain. Click OK only if the certificate presented in the dialog box matches the certificate for your target vCenter Server.

Advanced Settings

Provides options related to designating specific collectors to manage this adapter instance, managing object discovery and change events.


Determines which vRealize Operations Manager collector is used to manage the adapter processes. If you have only one adapter instance, select Default collector group. If you have multiple collectors in your environment, and you want to distribute the workload to optimize performance, select the collector to manage the adapter processes for this instance.

Auto Discovery

Determines whether new objects added to the monitored system are discovered and added to vRealize Operations Manager after the initial configuration of the adapter.

  • If the value is true, vRealize Operations Manager collects information about any new objects that are added to the monitored system after the initial configuration. For example, if you add more hosts and virtual machines, these objects are added during the next collections cycle. This is the default value.

  • If the value is false, vRealize Operations Manager monitors only the objects that are present on the target system when you configure the adapter instance.

Process Change Events

Determines whether the adapter uses an event collector to collect and process the events generated in the vCenter Server instance.

  • If the value is true, the event collector collects and publishes events from vCenter Server. This is the default value.

  • If the value is false, the event collector does not collect and publish events.

Enable Collecting vSphere Distributed Switch

Enable Collecting Virtual Machine Folder

Enable Collecting vSphere Distributed Port Group

When set to false, reduces the collected data set by omitting collection of the associated category.

Exclude Virtual Machines from Capacity Calculations

When set to true, reduces the collected data set by omitting collection of the associated category.

Maximum Number Of Virtual Machines Collected

Reduces the collected data set by limiting the number of virtual machine collections.

To omit data on virtual machines and have vRealize Operations Manager collect only host data, set the value to zero.

Provide data to vSphere Predictive DRS

vSphere Predictive DRS proactively load balances a vCenter Server cluster to accommodate predictable patterns in the cluster workload.

vRealize Operations Manager monitors virtual machines running in a vCenter Server, analyzes longer-term historical data, and provides forecast data about predictable patterns of resource usage to Predictive DRS. Based on these predictable patterns, Predictive DRS moves to balance resource usage among virtual machines.

Predictive DRS must also be enabled for the Compute Clusters managed by the vCenter Server instances being monitored by vRealize Operations Manager. Refer to the vSphere Resource Management Guide for details on enabling Predictive DRS on a per Compute Cluster basis.

When set to true, designates vRealize Operations Manager as a predictive data provider, and sends predicative data to the vCenter Server. You can only register a single active Predictive DRS data provider with a vCenter Server at a time.

The Define Monitoring Goals page provides you with default policy options which determine how vRealize Operations Manager collects and analyzes data in your monitored environment. You can change the options on this page to create a new default policy.

Table 2. Define Monitoring Goals Page Options



Which objects do you want to be alerted on in your environment?

Select the type of objects to receive alerts. You can have vRealize Operations Manager alert on all infrastructure objects with the exception of virtual machines, only virtual machines, or all.

Which types of alerts do you want to enable?

You can enable vRealize Operations Manager to trigger Health, Risk, and Efficiency alerts on your objects.

Configure Memory Capacity based on?

Set the memory capacity model based on the type of environment to monitor. For example, to monitor a production environment, select the vSphere Default model to use moderate settings to ensure performance. Use Most Aggressive for test and development environments. Use Most Conservative to use all allocated memory for capacity calculations.

Enable vSphere Hardening Guide Alerts?

Use the vSphere Hardening Guide to continuously and securely assess and operate your vSphere objects. When you enable these alerts, vRealize Operations Manager assesses your objects against the vSphere Hardening Guide rule.

You can find the vSphere Hardening Guides at

Use the Manage Registrations page to provide credentials for registering or unregistering the vCenter Server.

Table 3. Manage Registrations Page Options



User Name and Password

The user name of the credentials and the associated password.

Use collection credentials

Select this check box to use the same credentials as the credentials used to configure this vCenter Server adapter instance.

Click Save Settings to complete configuration of the solution.