Before working with vRealize Infrastructure Navigator, you must understand certain concepts related to vRealize Infrastructure Navigator.

Mapping

Mapping is a continuous process that creates and maintains a detailed model of your application environment.

Services

vRealize Infrastructure Navigator maps services that are installed and running in your virtual environment. Services include Web servers, mail servers, database servers, application servers, cache servers, messaging servers, application management servers, and virtualization management servers. To view the list of services supported by vRealize Infrastructure Navigator, see Services Supported

vCenter Entity

A vCenter entity is any entity that is part of the Hosts and Clusters inventory pane except a virtual machine. For example, a vCenter Server, an ESX host, a cluster, a datastore are all vCenter entities.

Change

A change is any modification in the virtual environment. For example, installing a new service is a change.

Incoming Dependency

When a virtual machine or a service running on it requires information from a service running on the selected virtual machine, a dependency exists between the two virtual machines. This dependency is known as an incoming dependency.

For example, if the selected virtual machine serves another virtual machine it is an incoming dependency.

Outgoing Dependency

When the selected virtual machine or a service running on it requires information from a service running on another virtual machine, a dependency exists between the two virtual machines. This dependency is known as an outgoing dependency.

For example, if the selected virtual machine is served by another virtual machine it is an outgoing dependency.

Manual Application

Allows you to mark a collection of virtual machines with an application name. For example, vRealize Configuration Manager can show the health of an application group rather than that of individual virtual machines.

Application Definition

An application definition is a rule or pattern by which a collection of connected virtual machines are identified as a deployed application instance. An application instance is a set of connected virtual machines that matches an application definition.