Stuff about vCenter Configuration Manager [5.7] (3/3)

Stuff about vCenter Configuration Manager [5.7] (3/3)

This is the last part of this series of posts about VMware vCenter Configuration Manager.

For more information about VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, check documentation.


  • Powerful reporting engine.
  • By creating a report there is the options to look at the SQL statement.
  • Types of report
    • Report form wizard
    • SQL Report
    • Imported SQL Server Reporting Service report
  • A important feature is the possibility to export data, so you can use Excel or SQL Server Reporting Services to build according to you CI.


  • There are these roles: Machine Groups, Access Rules, Logins.
  • Access is based on access rules and roles. There are basic (for access of applications respectively collected data) and administrative rules (for access to administrative functionality).
  • A Login (comes from AD) can be assigned to a security role.
  • Change Restricted role is like a “read-only” Admin role. So it can collect data, run reports, … but can’t change stuff.

Customizing and Managing vCM

  • Filter Sets are combined filters. A filter set can be Machine Based Filter Set or a Active Directory Filter Set.
  • There are pre-defined filters for LAN-, Dialup and Broadband connections (General Settings –> VCM Remote). But when there is too much data to collect across a small link, think about installing collectors at remote site.
  • Take care about change settings for SQL performance!
  • When changing SQL database name or server name, change the SQL side first.
  • Show/change default directories at Administration –> Settings –> General Settings –> VCM Input/Output Directories.
  • When for security reasons on windows machines Admin$ is removed, you have to create an alternative share or install the agent manually.
  • You can choose different retention settings for different type of data.
  • Debuging tool: EcmDebugEventViewer in  c:\Program Files\VMware\VCM\Tools.
  • Use backup guide to configure backup for vCM.

(last but not least) Installing vCM

  • Components of vCM Server
    • Installation Mananger
    • vCM Collector
      • Collector Service
      • IIS
      • SQL Server
      • SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Typical Installation
    • single-tier: everything on one machine
    • two-tier architecture without Kerberos authentication. Keeps SQL Services on a dedicated machine.
  • Advanced Installation
    • three-tier architecture. Keeps SQL, IIS and Collector Services on different machines.
    • two-tier architecture with Kerberos authentication. Check installation guide for more details on Kerberos authentication.
    • vCM upgrade
  • On multi-tier installations check firewall settings
  • SQL Cluster is supported, SQL Mirroring is not supported!
  • Authentication types
    • Windows authentication or Kerberos
  • For sizing considerations check installation guide.
  • Requirements for vCM Server
    • Install OS (Windows Server 2008 R2)
    • Disable RDS host
    • Join domain
    • Add AD user for vCM to local administrators
    • Install as vCM administrator
  • During foundation checker, SQLXML seems to fail always.

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