OnCommand Insight

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




Virtual Machine

Virtual Machine

Data Store

Data Store



Fiber Channel Port



These are common terminology mappings only and might not represent every case for this data source.


  • IP address of the Virtual Center server

  • Read-only username and password in Virtual Center

  • Read-only privileges on all objects within the Virtual Center.

  • SDK access on the Virtual Center server

  • Port requirements: http-80 https-443

  • Validate access by logging in to Virtual Center Client using your user name and password and verifying that the SDK is enabled by entering telnet <vc_ip\> 443.




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 for the VMware server.

Advanced configuration



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)