To establish a connection between vCenter Server and a storage provider, you must register the storage provider. Make sure to register a separate storage provider for each host in a cluster.

Before you begin

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

About this task


If you use Virtual SAN, the storage providers for Virtual SAN are registered and appear on the list of storage providers automatically. Virtual SAN does not support manual registration of storage providers. See the Administering VMware Virtual SAN documentation.


  1. Browse to vCenter Server in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
  2. Click the Configure tab, and click Storage Providers.
  3. Click the Register a new storage provider icon ().
  4. Type connection information for the storage provider, including the name, URL, and credentials.
  5. Specify the security method.



    Direct vCenter Server to the storage provider certificate

    Select the Use storage provider certificate option and specify the certificate's location.

    Use a thumbprint of the storage provider certificate

    If you do not direct vCenter Server to the provider certificate, the certificate thumbprint is displayed. You can check the thumbprint and approve it. vCenter Server adds the certificate to the truststore and proceeds with the connection.

    The storage provider adds the vCenter Server certificate to its truststore when vCenter Server first connects to the provider.

  6. Click OK to complete the registration.


vCenter Server registers the storage provider and establishes a secure SSL connection with it.

What to do next

If your storage provider fails to register, see the VMware Knowledge Base article