You can configure vCenter Server to send email notifications as alarm actions.

Before vCenter Server can send email, you must perform the following tasks:

Configure the SMTP server settings for vCenter Server or Microsoft Outlook Express.

Specify email recipients through the Alarm Settings dialog box when you configure alarm actions.

To perform this task, the vSphere Client must be connected to a vCenter Server.


Select Administration > vCenter Server Settings.


If the vCenter Server system is part of a connected group, in Current vCenter Server, select the vCenter Server system to configure.


Select Mail in the navigation list.


For email message notification, set the SMTP server and SMTP port:



SMTP Server

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

Sender Account

The email address of the sender, for example,


Click OK.