VMware vCenter connector
The VMware vCenter connector uses PowerCLI to connect to vCenter or ESXi hosts and gather data about host and client VMs.
For information about which versions of VMware products support PowerCLI, see the PowerCLI documentation.
For information about what data is imported and how it is mapped, see Mapping (below).
A VMware vCenter connector has the following options:
- Connector name: A name for the connector.
- Connector server name: The name of the connector server that this connector is associated with. Each connector can only be associated with one connector server. If you added the connector to a specific connector server, this field may be populated for you. Otherwise, you can select the connector server from the list.
- VMware vCenter or ESXi server name: The server name for a vCenter or ESXi server that you want to retrieve data from. The server must have PowerCLI installed for this connector to work.
- Ignore certificate errors. Allows the connector to use the connection even if there are errors with the certificate. This option is provided primarily for debugging and shouldn't be used long-term.
- Username and password. Credentials to access VMware vCenter.
- Devices: A data filter option you can toggle on or off.
- Status. VMware status filters that will only import devices with the selected values. To view the entire list of predefined filters, click in the filters area to open a drop-down list. Select all, select just some of the values, or add a new value by typing the device status and pressing Enter.
- Repeats: How often the connector should gather data.
- Start time: The time of day the connector should start running. To minimize the impact on your network and applications, we recommend that connectors generally run at night or on weekends.
- Active: Whether the connector is active or not. While the connector is active, it runs according to the schedule you create. If you clear the check box, the connector is inactive and will not gather data until the check box is enabled again and the connector is saved.
For details on configuring or using connectors, see Setting up connectors.
The data that this connector imports is mapped to target attributes in the Neurons Platform database.
- Name and hostname
- VM MAC address and IP address
- Available storage and total storage
- VM version and status
- VM UUID
- Boot time
- Device ID and type
- Processor vendor and description
- Host IP information, including address and subnet mask
- XBIOS asset info and service tag
- Device warranty information
- Hardware monitoring type
For an overview of how the data imported by this connector is mapped to the Neurons target attributes, please download the CSV file using the button below.
For an overview of the Neurons target attributes per data type and the connector source attributes that are mapped to them, see Connector data mapping.