To use SNMP with vCenter Server, you must configure SNMP settings.

To complete the following task, the vSphere Web Client must be connected to a vCenter Server. In addition, you need the DNS name and IP address of the SNMP receiver, the port number of the receiver, and the community identifier.


Select the vCenter Server system in the inventory.


Click the Manage tab, and click Settings.


Click Edit.


Enter the following information for the Primary Receiver of the SNMP traps.



Receiver URL

The DNS name or IP address of the SNMP receiver.

Receiver port

The port number of the receiver to which the SNMP agent sends traps.

If the port value is empty, vCenter Server uses the default port, 162.


The community identifier.


(Optional) Enable additional receivers in the Enable Receiver 2, Enable Receiver 3, and Enable Receiver 4 options.


Click OK.

The vCenter Server system is now ready to send traps to the management system you have specified.

Configure your SNMP management software to receive and interpret data from the vCenter Server SNMP agent. See Configure SNMP Management Client Software.