I recently installed vSphere 5 on my test lab. Immediately, I notice there are few new services running under windows server. Let’s talk a look with those services.
vCenter Inventory Service
Remember I always encounter issue that inventory of datastore didn’t exactly refresh. It means when you browse content of datastore, you actually see nothing. Even after you restart service of vCenter. I believe Vmware understand this is a common issue and decided to separate Inventory service so we can manually clean up.
I quote a procedure of how to clean up Inventory service database as follow. It may come handy in one day.
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Vmware USB Arbitration Service
According to Vmware:
USB Arbitration Service
Manages connection requests and routes USB device traffic. The arbitrator is installed and enabled by default on ESXi hosts. It scans the host for USBdevices and manages device connection among virtual machines that reside on the host. It routes device traffic to the correct virtual machine instance for delivery to the guest operating system. The arbitrator monitors the USB device and prevents other virtual machines from using it until you release it from the virtual machine it is connected to.
However, it’s first time I see this service installed with vClient 5.0. As you can see from above, it normally sits on Esxi Host. so I assume it will work just like vmplayer which allows you to redirect your USB device on your vClient machine to your VM. Still need to find out whether it’s secured to do this way though.
VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service
As you all know, with in vSphere 5, we can associate a Virtual Machine Storage Profile with a VM and it’s virtual Disks. The associatable files are including .vmx,vmsd,nvram etc. You can assign disk to different speed or priority storage profile.
If you add a new virtual disk and associate it with a VM storage profile, this service will help you to do this job.
Well, that’s all what I have discovered so far for vCenter. More stuff coming soon.