Veeam Back-End Collection System

The Veeam MP for VMware back-end data collection system consists of:

  • Veeam Virtualization Extensions Service
  • Veeam Virtualization Extensions UI
  • Veeam VMware Collectors

Veeam Virtualization Extensions Service

The Veeam Virtualization Extensions Service (VE Service) centrally manages all Veeam VMware Collectors and configures  their connections to VMware systems. The VE Service also maintains central license pool, handles license distribution and assigns monitoring jobs to all Veeam VMware Collectors.

The VE Service incorporates the Veeam Virtualization Extensions Shell (VEShell) that extends Windows PowerShell to enable configuration and management of the VE Service through the command line. The VEShell provides a set of its own cmdlets that allow you to automate configuration and monitoring tasks.

The VE Service can be managed and configured either through the Veeam Virtualization Extensions User Interface or using the VEShell.

High-availability and load-balancing

The VE Service monitors the heartbeat of all registered Collector servers. If a Collector fails, Veeam MP for VMware will be able to utilize its high-availability and load-balanced monitoring functionality so that the VE service will automatically and optimally distribute monitoring jobs between other available Collectors.

The VE Service also monitors the heartbeat of each vCenter Server. If a vCenter Server becomes unavailable, the VE Service will automatically reconfigure Collectors to gather data directly from vSphere hosts. For more information, see vCenter Connection Failover.

Veeam Virtualization Extensions UI

The Veeam Virtualization Extensions UI (Veeam UI) is used to configure the VE Service and managed Veeam VMware Collectors.

Veeam Collectors

The Veeam VMware Collector (Collector) is an installed service that is configured and managed remotely by the VE Service.

The Collector can be installed either manually on a single server or automatically on all OpsMgr Management Servers in a chosen resource pool. For more information on how to install the Veeam VMware Collector component and use the Veeam VMware Collector Auto-Deployment feature, see the Installation Guide.

The Collector remotely communicates with VMware systems, gather performance, event and topology data, and deliver it to the locally installed OpsMgr Health Service (an agent, or a management server). The Health Service analyzes this data using the Veeam MP for VMware Health Model to fire alerts, generate reports, and display charts and dashboards in the OpsMgr console.

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