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Jeff Sikorski Absent Member.
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ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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I'm pretty clueless when it comes to VM technology. I've tried to read the Reference guide and older posts but can't find the answer to my question.

My main objective: I would just like to be able to inventory the ESX/GSX hosts.

Right now I am getting SNMP data back about these hosts, but I am looking for more detailed information, like processors, etc. I'm inventorying all the VMs separately fine, and don't care to establish a relationship with the host. All I'm trying to do is gather more detailed hardware information about the ESX/GSX hosts.

Per the documentation:
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Inventory VMware hosts
DDM Inventory does not support Agent or agentless scanning on VMware host machines. To obtain inventory information from VMware hosts, you must select the Inventory VMware hosts option in the Virtualization profile. DDM Inventory will then collect inventory information for VMware hosts when running VMware discovery process on VMware hosts or VirtualCenter that manages these hosts.
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I just checked the option to "Inventory VM hosts" and activated the changes...

I dont understand the last sentence: "DDM Inventory will then collect inventory information for VMware hosts when running VMware discovery process on VMware hosts or VirtualCenter that manages these hosts."

Do I still need to put in credentials with 'retrieveProperties' access to get the inventory? I guess I dont understand how DDMI can inventory those servers without an agent or credentials?

Thanks!
Jeff
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Matthew Darwin Absent Member.
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Re: ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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Yes, DDMI will need credentials. The help looks wrong there. It should say

... you must select the Inventory VMware hosts option in the Virtualization profile AND PROVIDE CREDENTIALS.

Just like SNMP needs credentials, VMware needs them too.

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Matthew Darwin Absent Member.
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Re: ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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Yes, DDMI will need credentials. The help looks wrong there. It should say

... you must select the Inventory VMware hosts option in the Virtualization profile AND PROVIDE CREDENTIALS.

Just like SNMP needs credentials, VMware needs them too.

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Jeff Sikorski Absent Member.
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Re: ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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"Credentials" meaning an account on the ESX with 'retrieveProperties' rights ?

~Jeff
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Matthew Darwin Absent Member.
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Re: ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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Yes, I would think. I don't have ESX. Try it. VMware discovery is almost instantaneous.

Configure credentials.
Activate changes.
Wait 1 minute.
Run Update model in the device manager
Wait 1 minute.
Check the "V" log button in the diagnostics panel.
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Matthew Darwin Absent Member.
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Re: ESX/GSX DDMI 7.70

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This: "DDM Inventory will then collect inventory information for VMware hosts when running VMware discovery process on VMware hosts or VirtualCenter that manages these hosts."

Means: for every IP address that is in range, discovery will try all the vmware credentials listed.

It really works just like SNMP.

I think the order is:

ICMP Ping -> SNMP -> VMware -> Agent Update -> Scan

Of course it would skip any steps you don't have configured.
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