To manage your vCenter Server instances in vRealize Operations Manager, you must configure an adapter instance for each vCenter Server instance. The adapter requires the credentials that are used for communication with the target vCenter Server.

The vCenter Adapter that you use to connect to one or more instances of vCenter Server is provided in the vRealize Operations Manager VMware vSphere solution. You do not need to install a management pack before configuring this solution adapter.

When you configure the adapter, you must use one of the following URL formats:

IP address


https://IP address/sdk



Any adapter credentials you add are shared with other adapter administrators and vRealize Operations Manager collector hosts. Other administrators might use these credentials to configure a new adapter instance or to move an adapter instance to a new host.

Verify that you know the vCenter Server credentials that have sufficient privileges to connect and collect data. If the provided credentials have limited access to objects in vCenter Server, all users, regardless of their vCenter Server privileges, will see only the objects that the provided credentials can access. At a minimum, the user account must have Read privileges and the Read privileges must be assigned at the data center or vCenter Server level. See How the vCenter Adapter Credentials Work


In the left pane of vRealize Operations Manager, click the Administration icon and click Solutions.


On the Solutions tab, select VMware vSphere and click the Configure button on the toolbar.


Select vCenter Adapter in the Adapter Type list to add a new vCenter Server adapter instance.

If you are adding an additional adapter instance, click the plus sign on the lower pane toolbar.


Enter a Display name and Description for the adapter configuration.

For example, vCenter Server


In the vCenter Server text box, enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance to which you are connecting.

The vCenter Server FQDN or IP address must be reachable from all nodes in the vRealize Operations Manager cluster.


To add credentials, click the plus sign.


In the Credential name text box, enter the name by which you are identifying the configured credentials.


Type the User name and Password for the vCenter Server instance.


Click OK.


Click Test Connection to validate the connection with your vCenter Server instance.


In the Review and Accept Certificate dialog box, review the certificate information.

If the certificate presented in the dialog box matches the certificate for your target vCenter Server, click OK.

If you do not recognize the certificate as valid, click Cancel. The test fails and the connection to vCenter Server is not completed. You must provide a valid vCenter Server URL or verify the certificate on the vCenter Server is valid before completing the adapter configuration.


To modify the advanced options regarding object discovery, change events, or registration user, expand the Advanced Settings.




Determines which vRealize Operations Manager collector is used to manage the adapter processes. If you have only one adapter instance, select Default collector group. If you have multiple collectors in your environment, and you want to distribute the workload to optimize performance, select the collector to manage the adapter processes for this instance.

Auto Discovery

Determines whether new objects added to the monitored system are discovered and added to vRealize Operations Manager after the initial configuration of the adapter.

If the value is true, vRealize Operations Manager collects information about any new objects that are added to the monitored system after the initial configuration. For example, if you add more hosts and virtual machines, these objects are added during the next collections cycle. This is the default value.

If the value is false, vRealize Operations Manager monitors only the objects that are present on the target system when you configure the adapter instance.

Process Change Events

Determines whether the adapter uses an event collector to collect and process the events generated in the vCenter Server instance.

If the value is true, the event collector collects and publishes events from vCenter Server. This is the default value.

If the value is false, the event collector does not collect and publish events.

Disable Collecting vSphere Distributed Switch

Disable Collecting Virtual Machine Folder

Disable Collecting vSphere Distributed Port Group

Disable Computation Based on Consumers

When set to true, reduces the collected data set by omitting collection of the associated category.

Maximum Number Of Virtual Machines Collected

Reduces the collected data set by limiting the number of virtual machine collections.

To completely omit data on virtual machines and have vRealize Operations Manager collect only host data, set the value to zero.


Click Save Settings.

The adapter instance is added to the list.

vRealize Operations Manager begins collecting data from the vCenter Server instance. Depending on the number of managed objects, the initial collection can take more than one collection cycle. A standard collection cycle begins every five minutes.

Add a vCenter Python Actions Adapter for the same vCenter Server that you configured. See Add a vCenter Python Actions Adapter Instance in vRealize Operations Manager.