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


Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.

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


  1. Select View > Administration > Storage Providers.
  2. Click Add.
  3. In the Add Vendor Provider dialog box, type connection information for the vendor provider, including the name, URL, and credentials.
  4. (Optional) To direct the vCenter Server to the vendor provider certificate, select the Use Vendor Provider Certificate option and specify the certificate's location.
    If you do not select this option, the vSphere Client displays a thumbprint of the certificate. You can check the thumbprint and approve it.
  5. Click OK to complete the registration.


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