You must set the default key provider if you do not make the first key provider the default, or if your environment uses multiple key providers and you remove the default one. You can use the vSphere Client to set the default key provider at the vCenter Server level.


As a best practice, verify that the Connection Status in the Key Providers tab shows Active and a green check mark.


  1. Log in using the vSphere Client.
  2. Navigate to the vCenter Server.
  3. Click Configure and select Key Providers under Security.
  4. Select the key provider.
  5. Click Set as Default.
    A confirmation dialog box appears.
  6. Click Set as Default.
    The key provider displays as the current default.