vCloud Director requires an SMTP server to send user notifications and system alert emails to system users. Organizations can use the system SMTP settings, or use custom SMTP settings.


  1. Click the Administration tab and click Email in the left pane.
  2. Type the DNS host name or IP address of the SMTP mail server.
  3. Type the SMTP server port number.
  4. (Optional) If the SMTP server requires a user name, select the Requires authentication check box and type the user name and password for the SMTP account.
  5. Type an email address to appear as the sender for vCloud Director emails.
    vCloud Director uses the sender's email address to send runtime and storage lease expiration alerts.
  6. Type text to use as the subject prefix for vCloud Director emails.
  7. (Optional) Type a destination email address to test the SMTP settings and click Test SMTP settings.
  8. Click Apply.