The Storage Devices adapter discovers the objects in your storage topology and maps the path of the data between virtual machines on the ESX host, through the storage network switches, and out to the storage array.

You configure one adapter instance for each vCenter Server system in your environment. If your environment includes multiple vCenter Server systems on the same storage network, you must add fabric CIM servers for each adapter instance. The adapter instance provides you with a holistic view of the storage network connected to the vCenter Server system. The adapter discovers the storage devices only for the ESXi 5.1 update 2 and later.

Caution

Any adapter credentials you add are shared with other adapter administrators and vRealize Operations Manager collector hosts. Other administrators might use these credentials to configure a new adapter instance or to move an adapter instance to a new host.

Verify that the following conditions are met:

You can provide credentials with sufficient privileges to connect and collect data from the vCenter Server host. If the user account has limited access to objects in the vCenter, you can only collect data from objects for which you have permission. Credentials must include at least read permissions.

The CIM agent is enabled on all storage network switches from which you are collecting data, and that you can provide credentials with sufficient privileges to connect and collect data. If the user account has limited access to objects in the storage environment, you can only collect data from objects for which you have permission. Credentials must include at least read permissions.

All storage network switches with the CIM agent enabled are added to DCNM or BNA solutions.

The fabric CIM service supports switch profile and fabric profile. The supported versions for the Fabric Profile are 1.1 to 1.6.

A vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA) provider is registered as a storage provider with the vCenter Server host for your adapter instance. VASA providers gather information from arrays that support the environment and provide the data to vCenter Server system. If the VASA provider is not registered with vCenter Server host, the Storage Devices Adapter cannot discover objects in the array. The minimum support version is VASA 1.0. See information regarding storage providers in the ESXi and vCenter Server 5.5 Documentation.

Download and install the management pack for Storage Devices. See Add a Management Pack.

1

In the left pane of vRealize Operations Manager, click the Administration icon and click Solutions.

2

On the Solutions tab, select Management Pack for Storage Devices and click Configure.

3

Enter a name and description for the adapter configuration.

For example, vCenter 192.0.4.0 Storage Devices.

4

From the Collector drop-down menu, select the collector to manage the adapter processes.

If you have only one adapter instance, select Automatically select collector. If you have multiple collectors in your environment, and you want to distribute the workload to optimize performance, select the collector to manage the adapter processes for this instance.

5

In the vCenter Server text box, enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance to which you are connecting.

The vCenter Server FQDN or IP address must be reachable from all nodes in the vRealize Operations Manager cluster.

Add credentials and add the fabric servers. See Add Credentials and Fabric Servers for a Storage Devices Adapter Instance