Credentials are the user accounts that vRealize Operations Manager uses to enable one or more solutions and associated adapters, and to establish communication with the target data sources. The credentials are supplied when you configure each adapter. You use the credential option to add or modify the settings outside the adapter configuration process, accommodating changes to your environment.

If you are modifying existing credentials, for example, to accommodate changes based on your password policy, the adapters configured with these credentials begin using the new user name and password for communication between the vRealize Operations Manager and the target system.

Another use of credential management is to remove misconfigured credentials. If you delete valid credentials that were in active use by an adapter, you disable the communication between the two systems.