You can perform several management operations on the registered storage providers.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to vCenter Server.
  2. Click the Configure tab, and click Storage Providers.
  3. From the list of storage providers, select a storage provider and click one of the following icons.

    Option

    Description

    Synchronize Storage Providers

    Synchronize all storage providers with the current state of the environment.

    Rescan

    Update storage data for the provider.

    vCenter Server periodically updates storage data in its database. The updates are partial and reflect only those changes that storage providers communicate to vCenter Server at that moment. When needed, you can perform a full database synchronization for the selected storage provider.

    Remove

    Unregister storage providers that you do not use. After this operation, vCenter Server closes the connection and removes the storage provider from its configuration.

    Note:

    You cannot manually unregister certain storage providers supplied by VMware, for example, vSAN storage providers.

    This option is also useful when you upgrade a storage provider to a later VASA version. In this case, you must unregister and then reregister the provider. After registration, vCenter Server can detect and use the functionality of the later VASA version.

    Refresh certificate

    vCenter Server warns you when a certificate assigned to a storage provider is about to expire. You can refresh the certificate to continue using the provider.

    If you fail to refresh the certificate before it expires, vCenter Server discontinues using the provider.

Results

vCenter Server closes the connection and removes the storage provider from its configuration.