The EAM Sample Solution is a vCenter solution that runs on a web application server, such as Apache Tomcat.

By default, the EAM Sample Solution deploys ESX agent virtual machines to demonstrate how to deploy an ESX agent. You can configure the EAM Sample Solution to install a vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB), create a virtual switch, or set up DvFilter integration between the ESX agent virtual machine and the VIB.

The EAM Sample Solution performs the following actions:

Registers itself as a vCenter extension.

Appears in Solutions Manager.

Adds a Configuration tab in Solutions Manager that you can use to deploy ESX agents on the hosts that the vCenter Server instance manages.

Adds a Management tab in Solutions Manager that you can use to monitor and manage ESX agents on the hosts that the vCenter Server instance manages.

Uses OVF to deploy ESX agent virtual machines on the ESXi hosts that the vCenter Server instance manages.

Adds the ESX agent virtual machines to a resource pool in the vCenter inventory.

Optionally deploys ESX agent virtual machines from a vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB). The virtual machines set up a virtual switch and perform DvFilter integration between the ESX agent virtual machine and the VIB.

ESX Agent Manager then performs the following tasks:

Registers the ESX agent virtual machines with ESX Agent Manager.

Publishes health information about the running ESX agents to Solutions Manager.

Prevents users who do not have the EAM.View or EAM.Modify permissions from performing operations on the running ESX agents that ESX Agent Manager manages.

Monitors ESX agent virtual machines, for example for changes in power state, and reports issues that users can see and resolve.

You can modify the EAM Sample Solution to experiment with solution development. The EAM Sample Solution serves as the basis for other sections in this publication.