App Volumes operation mode is determined by configuring a machine manager. You cannot change the operation mode of App Volumes after you configure the machine manager.


Ensure that the domain policies do not enforce password expiration for the service account on the machine manager to be configured.


  1. From the App Volumes Manager console, click Configuration > Machine Managers.
  2. Select and configure the machine manager.

    Connection Type


    vCenter Server

    Enter host name, user name, and password details. You can optionally enable the Mount Local or Mount on Host options.

    If you select a vCenter Server instance as the first configured machine manager, you can add and configure additional servers.

    ESXi (Single Host)

    Enter host name, user name, and password details for the ESXi host.

    VHD In-Guest

    Does not require any credentials.

    1. (Optional) To view the permissions required by the service account, click Required vCenter Permissions.
  3. Click Save.

    The configured machine manager is displayed on the Machine Managers page.

What to do next

See Establish a Secure vCenter Server Connection to connect App Volumes Manager securely to a vCenter Server.

You can also create a custom role on the vCenter Server. See Create a Custom vCenter Server Role Using PowerCLI.