To use SNMP with vCenter Server, you must configure SNMP settings.


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

To complete the following task, the vSphere Client must be connected to a vCenter Server. In addition, you need the DNS name and IP address of the SNMP receiver, the port number of the receiver, and the community identifier.


  1. Select Administration > vCenter Server Settings.
  2. If the vCenter Server is part of a linked mode group, in Current vCenter Server, select the appropriate server.
  3. Click SNMP in the navigation list.
  4. Enter the following information for the Primary Receiver of the SNMP traps.
    Option Description
    Receiver URL The DNS name or IP address of the SNMP receiver.
    Receiver port

    The port number of the receiver to which the SNMP agent sends traps.

    If the port value is empty, vCenter Server uses the default port, 162.

    Community The community identifier.
  5. (Optional) Enable additional receivers in the Enable Receiver 2, Enable Receiver 3, and Enable Receiver 4 options.
  6. Click OK.


The vCenter Server system is now ready to send traps to the management system you have specified.

What to do next

Configure your SNMP management software to receive and interpret data from the vCenter Server SNMP agent. See the vSphere Monitoring and Performance publication for more information.