1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 25, 2014 9:39 AM by adamg23

    Should I convert machines already in inventory to virtual machines?

    Rob.Wilson Rookie

      Currently I have about 23 virtual servers that are protected with Shavlik. They have agents installed on them as we also use the threat protection. When we originally added them to the inventory, we added them as if they were physical machines. I recently learned that with virtual machines, you can add them differently and use or create virtual machine templates and groups and all seems to be working fine. My question is, are there any advantages to re-adding them as virtual machines, and if there are, do I have to remove the machines from inventory and re-add them as a VM?

        • 1. Re: Should I convert machines already in inventory to virtual machines?



          There are added benefits to adding the systems as hosted VMs rather than just a physical machine such as offline patching, template patching, and performing pre-deployment snapshots.


          It's very easy to add the machines this way - you just add your VMware host, and then under the 'Hosted Virtual Machines' tab within a machine group, you can enumerate systems on any VMware hosts that have been added.


          It's worth trying it out to just add the systems and see if it's easier for you to manage with this method rather than having them added as physical. If you decide to switch over to adding them as virtual in your group, you might as well delete the entries for the machines you had previously added just so that it doesn't attempt to scan the machines twice when you use the machine group. (Even if it did scan a machine twice, one of the two scans would fail as a duplicate scan.)


          Let me know if you have any additional questions.



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