Functional components are used to monitor and manage your vSphere infrastructure.

The functional components are accessible from the vSphere Client Home page. Functional components are divided into four categories: Inventory, Administration, Management, and Solutions and Applications.

You use the Inventory functional components to view the objects managed by vCenter Server. Managed objects include datacenters, resource pools, clusters, networks, datastores, templates, hosts, and virtual machines. The inventory options are:

Search

Allows you to search the vSphere inventory for hosts, virtual machines, networks, datastores, and folders matching specified criteria.

Hosts and Clusters

Provides a hierarchical view of hosts, clusters, and their child objects.

VMs and Templates

Provides a view of all virtual machines and templates in the inventory, grouped by datacenters and folders.

Datastores

Provides a view of all datastores in the inventory, grouped by datacenters and folders.

Networks

Provides a view of all networks in the inventory, grouped by datacenters and folders.

You use the Administration functional components to configure and monitor the state of your hosts or vCenter Server systems. The options are:

Roles

Allows you to view and create roles used to grant access privileges to users.

Sessions

Allows you to view all vSphere Client sessions currently connected to the selected vCenter Server system. If you have sufficient privileges, you can terminate sessions. Sessions are available through vCenter Server only.

Licensing

Allows you to view and administer vSphere licenses. This is available through vCenter Server only. To administer licenses for a standalone host, use the host Configuration tab.

System Logs

Allows you to display and export log files.

vCenter Server Settings

Allows you to configure a number of settings for the selected vCenter Server system. The vCenter Server settings are available through vCenter Server only.

vCenter Server Status

Provides a list of vSphere services with their current status. The status details include warning and alert information.

Guided Consolidation

Analyzes computers in your enterprise and recommends the best candidates to virtualize. The consolidation interface guides you through the conversion process based on the computers you select for consolidation.

You use the Management functional components to monitor and manage the objects in the vSphere inventory. Management functional components are available through vCenter Server only. The options are:

Scheduled Tasks

Provides a list of activities and a means to schedule those activities. Scheduled tasks are available through vCenter Server only.

Events

Provides a list of all the events that occur in the vCenter Server environment. Use this option to view all events. To see only events relevant to a particular object, use the Tasks & Events tab for that object. Events are available through vCenter Server only.

Maps

Provides a visual representation of the status and structure of the vSphere environment and the relationships between managed objects. This includes hosts, networks, virtual machines, and datastores. Maps are available only through vCenter Server.

Host Profiles

Allows you to view, create, apply, and check compliance for host profiles.

Customization Specifications Manager

Allows you to create new virtual machine guest operating system specifications and manage existing specifications.

You use the Solutions and Applications panel to access vCenter Server extensions installed in your vCenter Server System. For example, you can access the VMware vCenter Guided Consolidation extension and the VMware vCenter Update Manager from this panel.

Note

This panel appears only if you purchased and installed VMware vSphere extensions that are sold separately from the VMware vCenter Server product.