The EAM Sample Solution uses an OVF template to deploy ESX agent virtual machines from an application server onto ESX hosts.

The EAM Sample Solution enables an ESX agent, creates a resource pool, creates a virtual machine folder, deploys an OVF template, and powers on the virtual machine.

The ESX agents that the EAM Sample Solution deploys from OVF are empty. They do not add functions to the ESX server on which you deploy them. The EAM Sample Solution demonstrate how a solution deploys ESX agents on compute resources, for example on a standalone host or on a cluster of hosts. If you deploy the EAM Sample Solution on a cluster of hosts, then it deploys ESX agents on all the hosts in the cluster.

The EAM Sample Solution displays information in Solutions Manager about the virtual machines that it creates, and how you can monitor and manage ESX agents in ESX Agent Manager. The EAM Sample Solution also demonstrates how ESX Agent Manager integrates with vSphere High Availability, maintenance mode, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), and Distributed Power Management (DPM).

You use the Configuration tab in the EAM Sample Solution in Solutions Manager to deploy ESX agents on the ESX hosts that vCenter Server manages. You select the compute resources on which to deploy the solution from a list in the Configuration tab. You can also enable and disable the solution and unregister it from vCenter Server in the Configuration tab.

Verify that you have set up and started the EAM Sample Solution in an application server.

Verify that you have configured the virtual infrastructure on which to deploy ESX agents.


If you have not configured the ESX agent network and datastore settings on the host, ESX Agent Manager sets the status to red and ESX agents do not deploy. See Configure the Virtual Infrastructure for ESX Agent Deployment.


Click Home in the navigation bar of the vSphere Client then click vCenter Solutions Manager.


Click EAM Sample Solution in the list of running vCenter solutions.


Click the Configuration tab.


In the Compute resources panel, select the host name of the ESX host or cluster on which to deploy ESX agents and click Update Configuration.

The Recent Tasks view at the bottom of the vSphere client shows the progress of the EAM Sample Solution.


Click Home in the navigation bar of the vSphere Client then click Hosts and Clusters.

The EAM Sample Solution created a resource pool named ESX Agents and an ESX agent virtual machine named Sample Service (1) on the host that you selected. The virtual machine has an icon in the inventory that denotes that it is an ESX agent.


Click the Sample Service (1) virtual machine icon, then click the Summary tab.

vCenter Server added a panel labeled Managed by to the Summary tab, which shows that ESX Agent Manager manages this ESX agent virtual machine.


Attempt to power off the Sample Service (1) virtual machine.

A message informs you that ESX Agent Manager manages this virtual machine and that you should not perform direct actions on it.


Click Cancel.


(Optional) If you deployed the EAM Sample Solution on a cluster of hosts, put one of the hosts into maintenance mode.

ESX Agent Manager powers off the ESX agent that is running on that host.


(Optional) If you deployed the EAM Sample Solution on a cluster of hosts and you have configured DRS on the cluster, add a host to the cluster.

ESX Agent Manager deploys an ESX agent on the new host and prevents any other virtual machines from migrating to the host until the ESX agent virtual machine is running.

You used the EAM Sample Solution to deploy an ESX agent virtual machine from an OVF template that the solution defines. The EAM Sample Solution registered that ESX agent with ESX Agent Manager. You saw how Solutions Manager limits user actions on virtual machines that another solution manages, in this case ESX Agent Manager.

Use Solutions Manager and ESX Agent Manager to monitor and manage the running ESX agent virtual machine.