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ESXi server Discovery components

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ESXi server Discovery components

These are the components that ESXi Discovery uses to classify and explore virtual machines.

When Discovery runs, a classifier called vCenter, classifies the process running on a Windows machine and launches the VMware - vCenter probe. This probe logs into the vCenter instance with the credentials provided and uses the vCenter API to return information about ESXi machines, virtual machines, and resource pools. If using a domain account to access vCenter, specify the domain with the username in the credential record in one of the supported formats such as Domain\UserName.

Table 1. ESXi Server Discovery Components
Component Name Description
Classifier vCenter Classifies stand-alone vCenter servers.
Probe VMware - vCenter Exploration probe that extracts the list of ESXi hosts, resource pools, and virtual machines from the vCenter host. This probe also returns the serial numbers of the ESXi hosts. Implementation details for this probe are located in a MID server script include called VMWarevCenterProbe.