In distributed vRealize Operations Manager environments, remote collector nodes increase the inventory of objects that you can monitor without increasing the load on vRealize Operations Manager in terms of data storage, processing, or analysis.


  • Create nodes by deploying the vRealize Operations Manager vApp.

    During vApp deployment, select a remote collector size option.

  • Ensure any remote adapter instance is running on the correct remote collector. If you have only one adapter instance, select Default collector group.
  • Create and configure the primary node.
  • Note the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or an IP address of the primary node.
  • Verify that there is one remote collector already added before you add another remote collector.
Note: Remote collectors when added in parallel cause a cluster to crash.


  1. In a Web browser, navigate to the name or IP address of the deployed OVF that will become the remote collector node.
    The setup wizard appears, and you do not need to log in to vRealize Operations Manager.
  2. Click Expand an Existing Installation.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Enter a name for the node, for example, Remote-1.
  5. From the Node Type drop-down menu, select Remote Collector.
  6. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the master node and click Validate.
  7. Select Accept this certificate and click Next.
    If necessary, locate the certificate on the primary node and verify the thumbprint.
  8. Verify the vRealize Operations Manager administrator username of admin.
  9. Enter the vRealize Operations Manager administrator password.
    Alternatively, instead of a password, type a passphrase that you were given by the vRealize Operations Manager administrator.
  10. Click Next, and click Finish.
    The administration interface appears, and it takes several minutes for vRealize Operations Manager to finish adding the remote collector node.

What to do next

After creating a remote collector node, you have the following options.

  • New, unstarted clusters:
    • Create and add data nodes.
    • Create and add more remote collector nodes.
    • Create a high availability primary replica node.
    • Click Start vRealize Operations Manager to start the cluster, and log in to finish configuring the product.

      The cluster might take from 10 to 30 minutes to start, depending on the size of your cluster and nodes. Do not make changes or perform any actions on cluster nodes while the cluster is starting.

  • Established, running clusters:
    • Create and add data nodes.
    • Create and add more remote collector nodes.
    • Create a high availability primary replica node, which requires a cluster restart.