I have a situation where we have installed Balance 188.8.131.52 and when discovering the Vcenter 5.1 half of the ESX server and a major part of the VMs does not show up in Balance. The ESX servers are all in the same subnet. The ESX servers all belong to the same cluster, but they are discovered as stand alone servers.
We managed to add the ESX servers manually, but the VMs will still not show. They are not using a Proxy server and only wants to use the VA and the Vcenter information about the VMs.
We get Vcenter proxy errors, which is a little bit confusing, since the Vcenter itself should not require a proxy server.
We have checked the UUIDs and they are all unique.
They have VMWare tools installed on all their VMs. I cannot find any information minimal version for VMWare tools, it only says it needs to be up to date.
I have seen another case,2004032094, where it is described that Balance needs to be able to reach port 135 of the VMguests, even if the Proxy is not being used, but we have guests on the same network, where can reach port 135 and it is still not added to Balance.
Please see the following clarifications and suggestions.
1) The version of vmware tools does not typically matter. Balance requirements are that the tools be installed for VM's to be detected and its "recommended" that they are up to date.
Can you attach a Screen capture of this Vcenter "PROXY" error you are mentioning? It maybe a legacy error code that is still in the product from the time in the past when vcenter was added as a "proxy" and the current virtual centers tab did not exist.
2) Make sure that the Vcenter credential used are specified at the Datacenter Level and not at a cluster level. If the credential is not at the TOP of the vshphere tree, It will only have visibility into the cluster/hosts it is assigned to.
3)Try a different Vcenter credential for testing purposes. (Try an Admin Account ).
4) Browse the ESX MOB. see these KB articles on the steps.
5) The long running vcenter discovery collection is a problem that should be addressed. it should be completing with a discovery comm status of : UP =OK .
How large is the infrastructure?
How many Hosts/VM's?
Watch for Scale/sizing issues. Make sure you review the resource recommendations specified in the Installation & config guide as well as the User guides for CPU/Memory and Reservations.
6) The collection error you provided "Uncategorized exception occured during JMS processing; nested exception is javax.jms.JMSException" is an exception thrown in response to a Shutdown of Balance. That message other than the fact that is pollutes the server log is expected and functioning as designed if the Balance was shutdown or rebooted.
2-3. The credential are in order. They are the administrator account and has access to all objects
4. We have tested this and it works.
5. This is our main problem. We had a support engineer(case#2004336613) Webexed into the system this afternoon and the vCenter discovery never seems to complete. When our support was running through the diag tools, they found that we cannot do a connect test towards the vCenter dns name or any other server. We can lookup the dns name but we cannot connect to it. If we use the ip adress the connection test works. We have gathered logs for the support to analyze.