vCenter Server plug-ins extend the capabilities of vCenter Server by providing additional features and functionality.

Some plug-ins are installed as part of the base vCenter Server product.

vCenter Storage Monitoring

Allows you to review information on storage usage and visually map relationships between all storage entities available in vCenter Server.

vCenter Hardware Status

Uses CIM monitoring to display the hardware status of hosts managed by vCenter Server.

vCenter Service Status

Displays the status of vCenter services.

Some plug-ins are packaged separately from the base product and require separate installation. Plug-ins and the base product can be upgraded independently of each other. VMware modules include:

VMware Update Manager

Enables administrators to apply updates and patches across ESX/ESXi hosts and all managed virtual machines. This module provides the ability to create user-defined security baselines which represent a set of security standards. Security administrators can compare hosts and virtual machines against these baselines to identify and remediate systems that are not in compliance.

VMware Converter Enterprise for vCenter Server

Enables users to convert physical machines, and virtual machines in a variety of formats, to ESX/ESXi virtual machines. Converted systems can be imported into the vCenter Server inventory.

vShield Zones

vShield Zones is an application-aware firewall built for VMware vCenter Server integration. vShield Zones inspects client-server communications and inter-virtual-machine communication to provide detailed traffic analytics and application-aware firewall partitioning. vShield Zones is a critical security component for protecting virtualized datacenters from network-based attacks and misuse.

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

VMware vCenter Orchestrator is a workflow engine that enables you to create and execute automated workflows within your VMware vSphere environment. vCenter Orchestrator coordinates workflow tasks across multiple VMware products and third-party management and administration solutions through its open plug-in architecture. vCenter Orchestrator provides a library of workflows that are highly extensible; any operation available in the vCenter Server API can be used to customize vCenter Orchestrator workflows.

VMware Data Recovery

VMware Data Recovery is a disk-based backup and recovery solution that provides complete data protection for virtual machines. VMware Data Recovery is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server to enable centralized and efficient management of backup jobs and includes data de-duplication to minimize disk usage.