vCenter Server plug-ins extend the capabilities of vCenter Server by providing more 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 to 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. You can update plug-ins and the base product 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 that 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

Enables users to convert physical machines and virtual machines in a variety of formats, to ESX/ESXi virtual machines. You can import converted systems 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 communications between virtual machines 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. You can use any operation available in the vCenter Server API 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.