You use the vCenter Server Settings dialog box to configure a number of elements.

The vCenter Server Settings dialog box enables you to configure the following items:


Assign vCenter Server a new or existing license key. Specify whether to use a VMware License Server.


Specify the amount of data collected for performance statistics.

Runtime Settings

View the unique runtime settings for a vCenter Server system. If you change the DNS name of the vCenter Server, use this option to modify the vCenter Server name to match.

Active Directory

Specify the active directory timeout, maximum number of users and groups to display in the Add Permissions dialog box, and the frequency for performing a synchronization and validation of the vCenter Server system’s known users and groups.


Specify the SMTP server and mail account.


Specify the SNMP receiver URLs, ports, and community strings.


Specify the HTTP and HTTPS ports for the Web Service to use

Timeout Settings

Specify how long, in seconds, the vSphere Client waits for a response from vCenter Server before timing out.

Logging Options

Specify the amount of detail collected in vCenter Server log files.


Specify the password required to access the vCenter Server database and the maximum number of database connections to be created.

Database Retention Policy

Specify when vCenter Server tasks and events should be deleted.

SSL Settings

Specify whether you want vCenter Server and the vSphere Client to verify the SSL certificates of the remote host when establishing remote connections. The vCenter requires verified host SSL certificates option is enabled by default, and is required for the VMware Fault Tolerance feature to operate.

Advanced Settings

Specify advanced settings. VMware recommends that you do not change these settings without contacting VMware technical support.

See the vSphere Client online Help for more information on these settings.