Use the vCenter Server Settings dialog box to configure vCenter Server, including settings such as licensing, statistics collection, logging and other settings.

You must configure a license to use vCenter Server. License keys are required for various vSphere components and features.

To set up how statistical data is recorded, you configure statistics intervals.

You can change the port number the server is using for communications. You can also change the vCenter Server ID and the vCenter Server Managed IP address. Usually, you do not need to change these settings, but you might need to make changes if you run multiple vCenter Server systems in the same environment.

You can configure some of the ways vCenter Server interacts with the Active Directory server.

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.

You can configure up to four receivers to receive SNMP traps from vCenter Server. For each receiver, specify a host name, port, and community.

You can configure the ports used by the Web Service to communicate with other applications.

You can configure the timeout intervals for vCenter Server operations. These intervals specify the amount of time after which the vSphere Client times out.

You can configure the amount of detail that vCenter Server collects in log files.

You can configure the maxiumum number of database connections that can occur simultaneously.

In order to limit the growth of the vCenter Server database and conserve storage space, you can configure the database to discard information about tasks or events after a specified period of time.

You can configure vCenter Server to check the SSL certificates of hosts to which it connects. If you select this option, vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and Web Access clients check for valid SSL certificates before connecting to a host for such operations as adding a host or making a remote console connection to a virtual machine.

You can use the Advanced Settings page to modify the vCenter Server configuration file, vpxd.cfg.