VMware vCenter connector

The VMware vCenter connector uses PowerCLI to connect to vCenter or ESXi hosts and gather data about host and client VMs.

For information about which versions of VMware products support PowerCLI, see the PowerCLI documentation.

A VMware vCenter connector has the following options:

  • Connector name: A name for the connector.
  • Connector server name: The name of the connector server that this connector is associated with. Each connector can only be associated with one connector server. If you added the connector to a specific connector server, this field may be populated for you. Otherwise, you can select the connector server from the list.
  • VMware vCenter or ESXi server name: The server name for a vCenter or ESXi server that you want to retrieve data from. The server must have PowerCLI installed for this connector to work.
  • Ignore certificate errors. Allows the connector to use the connection even if there are errors with the certificate. This option is provided primarily for debugging and shouldn't be used long-term.
  • Username and password. Credentials
  • Repeats: How often the connector should gather data.
  • Start time: The time of day the connector should start running. To minimize the impact on your network and applications, we recommend that connectors generally run at night or on weekends.
  • Active: Whether the connector is active or not. While the connector is active, it runs according to the schedule you create. If you clear the check box, the connector is inactive and will not gather data until the check box is enabled again and the connector is saved.

For details on configuring or using connectors, see Setting up connectors.