Guided Consolidation can be installed together with vCenter Server, or can be installed on a separate host. For best performance, install Guided Consolidation on a separate host.

Guided Consolidation include the following services:

vCenter Collector Service

Discovers domains and systems within domains. Collects performance data on those systems.

vCenter Provider Service

Helper service to vCenter Collector Service. Communicates with target systems and passes the data back to vCenter Collector Service.

vCenter Guided Consolidation

Coordinates all communication among Guided Consolidation components. Saves the performance data collected by the vCenter Collector Service. Analyzes the data and generates placement recommendations. Also communicates with vCenter Server to perform conversion. Runs inside a generic servlet container labeled VMware vCenter Management Webservices. The services of other vCenter features and extensions might also be present inside that servlet container.