Settings to Enable VM Information Sources for VMware ESXi and vCenter Servers

The following table describes settings you can configure to enable VM information sources for VMware ESXi and vCenter servers.
To retrieve the tags for the virtual machines, the firewall requires an account with read-only access on the VMware ESXi and vCenter servers.
Settings to Enable VM Information Sources for VMware ESXi or vCenter Server
Enter a name to identify the monitored source (up to 31 characters). The name is case-sensitive and must be unique. Use only letters, numbers, spaces, hyphens, and underscores.
Select whether the host/source being monitored is an
ESXi server
vCenter server
) Add a label to identify the location or function of the source.
Specify the port on which the host/source is listening. (default port 443).
By default the communication between the firewall and the configured source is enabled.
The connection status between the monitored source and the firewall displays in the interface as follows:
  • Connected
  • Disconnected
  • Pending; the connection status also displays as yellow when the monitored source is disabled.
Clear the
option to disable communication between the host and the firewall.
Enter the interval in hours after which the connection to the monitored source is closed, if the host does not respond (range is 2–10; default is 2).
) To change the default value,
Enable timeout when the source is disconnected
and specify a value. When the specified limit is reached, if the host is inaccessible, or if the host does not respond, the firewall will close the connection to the source.
Enter the FQDN or the IP address of the host/source being monitored.
Specify the username required to authenticate to the source.
Enter the password and confirm your entry.
Update Interval
Specify the interval, in seconds, at which the firewall retrieves information from the source (range is 5–600; default is 5).

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