A vSphere administrator uses the vCenter Solutions Manager in the vSphere Client to view the installed solutions, view detailed information about the solutions, and monitor the solution health status. You can also perform those tasks in the vSphere Web Client.

You can monitor and manage vSphere solutions from the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client. Both clients display an inventory of vSphere solutions and details about each solution.

A solution is an extension of the vCenter Server that adds new functions to a vCenter Server instance. For example, vSphere ESX Agent Manager is a standard vCenter solution provided by VMware that allows you to manage ESX host agents that add new capabilities to ESX hosts. Another standard solution that vSphere provides is vService Manager. VMware products that integrate with vCenter Sever are also considered solutions. You can install a solution to add functionality from third-party technologies to the standard functions of vCenter Server. Solutions typically are delivered as OVF packages. You can install and deploy solutions from vSphere Client. Solutions can be integrated into the vCenter Solutions Manager.

If a virtual machine or vApp is running a solution, a custom icon appears next to it in the inventory view of the vSphere Client. When you power on or power off a virtual machine or vApp, you are notified that you are performing this operation on an entity that is managed by the solution manager.

Each solution registers a unique icon to identify that the virtual machine or vApp is being managed by that solution. The icons show the power states (powered on, paused, powered off).

The solutions display more than one type of icon if they manage more than one type of virtual machine or vApp.

When you attempt an operation on a virtual machine or a vApp that is managed by a solution, an informational warning message appears.

For more information, see the Developing and Deploying vSphere Solutions, vServices, and ESX Agents documentation.