You must configure the email address of the sender account if you want to enable vCenter Server operations, such as sending email notifications as alarm actions.


Required privilege: Global.Settings


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the vCenter Server instance.
  2. Select the Configure tab.
  3. Under Settings, select General.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select Mail.
  6. In Mail server, type the SMTP server information.
    The SMTP server is the DNS name or IP address of the SMTP gateway to use for sending email messages.
  7. In Mail sender, type the sender account information.
    The sender account is the email address of the sender.
    Note: You must type the full email address, including the domain name.
    For example,
  8. Click Save.

What to do next

To test the mail settings, create an alarm that can be triggered by a user action, such as by powering off a virtual machine, and verify that you receive an email when the alarm is triggered.