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What does vRealize Operations Service Discovery MP do?

The vRealize Operations Service Discovery MP automatically discovers services running on VMs, as well as the relationships and interdependencies between VMs based on network traffic patterns.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager users can employ the vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack plug-in,...

which is capable of discovering VMs, spotting dependencies between VMs and identifying services running on those VMs. Let's take a closer look at the vROps management pack and see how it replaces the aging vRealize Infrastructure Navigator.

VMs pose unique challenges for an IT organization and the greater business. VMs often proliferate, contributing to virtualization sprawl, which consumes resources and also brings little benefit to the business.

Other VMs might be vital, providing important services to the business. But administrators must have a clear understanding of just what services are available, where those varied services are running, how the VMs comprising those services relate to each other, and they must have the ability to compose VMs into other services or applications for the business. These are capabilities that are almost impossible to perform manually. IT administrators must rely on tools that provide insight into the virtual infrastructure and its operations.

Introducing the vROps Service Discovery MP

One example of such a tool is VMware's vRealize Operations (vROps) Service Discovery Management Pack (MP). This vROps MP is intended to bolster VMware's vRealize Operations Manager platform by adding the ability to automatically discover services running on VMs across the infrastructure.

The vROps management pack can also automatically discover the relationships and interdependencies between VMs based on network traffic patterns, and can even enable the creation of dynamic applications for the business using available VMs and their services.

Understand vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack

What is the current vRealize Operations Service Discovery MP version, and are there any prerequisites or requirements for it? What kind of information is available in vRealize Operations Service Discovery MP dashboards?

The vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack actually replaces the aging VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator, which is still currently available, but which is no longer being updated by VMware.

The vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack brings a wide range of capabilities to a virtual infrastructure. The first set of capabilities provides VM detection. For example, the management pack can detect major services running within VMs, such as Apache Tomcat, MySQL and so on, and can also determine whether each VM is part of a larger application where complex applications often require the interaction of multiple components -- each running in its own VM.

The vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack brings a wide range of capabilities to a virtual infrastructure.

A second set of features provides administrators with predictive abilities. For example, an administrator can see the impact of a VM's shutdown, migration, system or network outage, or outright failure. Based on that impact, the administrator can determine the best course of action to address and remediate any implications of the VM's change. If a complex -- multi-VM -- application must be migrated, the management pack can identify all of the VMs involved in the migration to ensure that all the components of the application are moved together.

And finally, the vRealize Operations Service Discovery Management Pack can provide the insight needed for proper protection. For example, the management pack can help administrators understand which -- if any -- VMs require disaster recovery protection. The management pack can also determine which VMs are involved in a protection group or recovery plan for VMware Site Recovery Manager or VMware's Disaster Recovery service.

This was last published in March 2018

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