VMware vSphere data source

The VMware vSphere (Web Services) data source collects ESX Host information and requires read-only privileges on all objects within the Virtual Center.


OnCommand Insight acquires the following inventory information from the VMware vSphere data source. For each asset type acquired by Insight, the most common terminology used for this asset is shown. When viewing or troubleshooting this data source, keep the following terminology in mind:

Vendor/Model Term Insight Term
Virtual Disk Disk
Host Host
Virtual Machine Virtual Machine
Data Store Data Store
Fiber Channel Port Port
Note: These are common terminology mappings only and might not represent every case for this data source.





Virtual Center Address Network address for the Virtual Center or vSphere server, specified as an IP (nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn format) address or as a host name that can be resolved through DNS.
User Name User name for the VMware server.
Password Password for the VMware server.

Advanced configuration

Field Description
Inventory Poll Interval (min) Interval between inventory polls (default 20 minutes)
Connection Timeout (ms) Connection timeout (default 60000 ms)
Filter VMs by Choose how to filter VMs
Choose 'Exclude' or 'Include' to specify a list Specify whether to include or exclude the VM list below when collecting data
List of VMs to filter (Comma Separated, or Semicolon Separated If Comma Is Used in the Value) Comma-separated or semicolon-separated list of VMs to include or exclude from polling
Number of Retries for Requests to vCenter Number of vCenter Request retry attempts
Communication Port Port used for Vmware server
Performance Poll Interval (sec) Interval between performance polls (default 300 seconds)