To establish a connection between the vCenter Server and a storage provider, you must register the storage provider.

Verify that the storage provider component is installed on the storage side and obtain its credentials from your storage administrator.


Browse to the vCenter Server in the vSphere Web Client navigator.


Click the Manage tab, and click Storage Providers.


Click the Register a new storage provider icon.


Type connection information for the storage provider, including the name, URL, and credentials.


(Optional) To direct the vCenter Server to the storage provider certificate, select the Use Storage Provider Certificate option and specify the certificate's location.

If you do not select this option, a thumbprint of the certificate is displayed. You can check the thumbprint and approve it.


Click OK to complete the registration.

The vCenter Server has registered the storage provider and established a secure SSL connection with it.