vCenter Server plug-ins extend the capabilities of vCenter Server by providing more features and functions.

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 that vCenter Server manages.

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:

vSphere Update Manager (VUM)

Enables administrators to apply updates and patches across ESXi hosts and all managed virtual machines. Administrators can 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.

vShield Zones

An application-aware firewall built for 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.

vCenter Orchestrator

A workflow engine that enables you to create and run automated workflows in your 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 extensible. You can use any operation available in the vCenter Server API to customize vCenter Orchestrator workflows.