You can configure vCenter Server to check the SSL certificates of hosts to which it connects. If you configure this setting, vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client check for valid SSL certificates before connecting to a host for operations such as adding a host or making a remote console connection to a virtual machine.


Configuring SSL settings is available only for vCenter Server 5.0 systems.

vCenter Server 5.1 always connects through SSL with ESXi hosts.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server instance.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Under Settings, select General.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select SSL settings.
  6. Determine the host thumbprint for each host that requires validation.
    1. Log in to the direct console.
    2. Select View Support Information on the System Customization menu.

      The thumbprint is displayed in the column on the right.

  7. Compare the thumbprint you obtained from the host with the thumbprint listed in the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.
  8. If the thumbprints match, select the check box for the host.

    Hosts that are not selected will be disconnected after you click OK.

  9. Click OK.