Tuesday, March 27, 2012

vSphere 5 - vCenter Server Plug-ins

vCenter Server Plug-Ins

vCenter Server plug-ins extend the capabilities of vCenter Server by providing more features and functions.
Following are plug-ins that installed as part of the base vCenter Server product.

vCenter Storage Monitoring
Allows you to review information on storage usage and to visually map
relationships between all storage entities available in vCenter Server.

vCenter Hardware Status
Uses CIM monitoring to display the hardware status of hosts that
vCenter Server manages.

vCenter Service Status
 Displays the status of vCenter services

Some plug-ins are packaged separately from the base product and require separate installation. You can update plug-ins and the base product independently of each other. VMware modules include:

vSphere Update Manager (VUM)
Enables administrators to apply updates and patches across ESXi hosts and all
managed virtual machines. Administrators can create user-defined security
baselines that represent a set of security standards. Security administrators can
compare hosts and virtual machines against these baselines to identify and
remediate systems that are not in compliance.

vShield Zones 
An application-aware firewall built for vCenter Server integration. vShield
Zones inspects client-server communications and communications between
virtual machines to provide detailed traffic analytics and application-aware
firewall partitioning. vShield Zones is a critical security component for
protecting virtualized datacenters from network-based attacks and misuse.

vCenter Orchestrator 
A workflow engine that enables you to create and run automated workflows
in your vSphere environment. vCenter Orchestrator coordinates workflow
tasks across multiple VMware products and third-party management and
administration solutions through its open plug-in architecture. vCenter
Orchestrator provides a library of workflows that are extensible. You can use
any operation available in the vCenter Server API to customize vCenter
Orchestrator workflows.

Data Recovery 
A disk-based backup and recovery solution that provides complete data
protection for virtual machines. Data Recovery is fully integrated with
vCenter Server to enable centralized and efficient management of backup jobs
and includes data deduplication to minimize disk usage.


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