A handy little tool that was useful for me which might come in handy for others too while working on my VSAN VM Storage Policy recovery article is the SPBM (Storage Policy Based Management) MOB which works similar to the vSphere MOB and FDM MOB for those of you who have used this interface before. The MOB stands for Managed Object Browser and simply put is an interface that allows you to browse the objects and properties of your vSphere environment by just using a web browser. You can also interact with the MOB by executing the same set of vSphere API methods as you would if you were to write a script or application which is useful for quickly getting a sense of what a certain property might look like or the output of an API method without writing a single line of code.
In vSphere 5.5, there is now an SPBM API which is available as a separate API endpoint on the vCenter Server. This new API allows you to manage the full lifecycle of a VM Storage Policy formally known as VM Storage Profiles from a programmatic standpoint which is very important when working with VSAN as everything is policy driven. For more more details about the new SPBM API, please take a look here. As mentioned earlier, one great way to learn about the API is by exploring the MOB and luckily the SPBM API includes one!
To access the SPBM MOB in vSphere 5.5, you will need to point your browser to your vCenter Server as that is where the endpoint is exposed using the following URL format:
To access the SPBM MOB in vSphere 6.0, you will need to point your browser to your vCenter Server as that is where the endpoint is exposed using the following URL format: