You must configure the email address of the sender account in order to enable vCenter Server operations, such as sending email notifications as alarm actions.

Required privilege: Global.Settings

To configure SMTP notifications, the vSphere Client must be connected to the vCenter Server system.

1

If necessary, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings to display the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.

2

If the vCenter Server system is part of a connected group, select the server you want to configure from the Current vCenter Server drop-down menu.

3

In the navigation pane, select Mail.

4

Enter the SMTP server information.

The SMTP Server is the DNS name or IP address of the SMTP gateway to use for sending email messages

5

Enter the sender account information.

The Sender Account is the email message address of the sender.

For example, mail_server@datacenter.com.

6

Click OK.

To test the mail settings, create an alarm that can be triggered by a user action, such as an alarm triggered by powering off a virtual machine, and verify that you receive an email when the alarm is triggered.