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Bug 1804791 - VMware Provider refresh does not update the Advanced Configuration settings of a VM
Summary: VMware Provider refresh does not update the Advanced Configuration settings o...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat CloudForms Management Engine
Classification: Red Hat
Component: Providers
Version: 5.11.2
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: GA
: 5.11.5
Assignee: Adam Grare
QA Contact: Kedar Kulkarni
Red Hat CloudForms Documentation
Depends On:
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Reported: 2020-02-19 16:08 UTC by Peter McGowan
Modified: 2020-02-20 16:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2020-02-20 16:37:21 UTC
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Description Peter McGowan 2020-02-19 16:08:21 UTC
Description of problem:
If the configuration of a VMware VM changes such that the vSphere Advanced Configuration Parameters change, the updated advanced parameters are not included in an inventory refresh.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Find a VMware VM in the CFME WebUI. Click on "Advanced Settings" in the UI page for the VM, and note the number of settings.
2. In the vSphere console, make a change to the VM configuration, either by adding a NIC and rebooting, or by editing the VM's setting (Configure -> Edit -> VM Options -> Configuration Parameters -> Edit Configuration)
3. Force an inventory refresh in the CFME WebUI using Configuration -> Refresh Relationships and Power States.

Actual results:
Re-examine the "Advanced Settings" in the UI page for the VM, and note that the changed vSphere setting hasn't propagated to CloudForms.

Expected results:
The "Advanced Settings" in the UI page for the VM should show the changed vSphere setting.

Additional info:
This BZ from several years ago (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=942532) appeared to make this a configuration option, but the setting...

  collect_advanced_settings: false

no longer seems to be valid. The Migration Analytics project would like to use some of the advanced configuration settings to determine a VM's suitability for migration.

Comment 2 Adam Grare 2020-02-20 16:24:49 UTC
Hey Pete, wow that's an old one.

It appears this was subsequently removed in:
commit fafbd76328d9ec0ba031ad35f43f88e2d0aa72a0
Author: Jason Frey <jfrey@redhat.com>
Date:   Thu Mar 29 21:42:34 2012 +0000

    Removed Vm Advanced Settings from EMS Refresh.
    git-svn-id: http://miq-ubuntusub.manageiq.com/svn/svnrepos/Manageiq/trunk@34243 3c68ef56-dcc3-11dc-9475-a42b84ecc76f

-      @collect_advanced_settings = vmdb_config.fetch_path(:ems_refresh, :collect_advanced_settings)
-      @collect_advanced_settings = true if @collect_advanced_settings.nil?

So I'm going to say that while this might technically be a regression, it isn't a regression in any shipped version of Red Hat CloudForms as far as I can tell.

The properties you're talking about are stored in the VIM SDK under vm.config.extraConfig.  These are collected when doing a Smart State Scan of the virtual machine.

E.g. after running a smartsate scan on arif_tvm_1
>> pp VmOrTemplate.find_by(:name => "arif_tvm_1").advanced_settings.pluck(:name)

Which can be seen in the advanced configuration parameters in the vSphere UI

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