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Configure event collection from vCenter

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Configure event collection from vCenter

Configure the VMware vCenter Server (vCenter) connector instance to receive events from your VMware vSphere environment.

Before you begin

Events collected by this connector are events that match the vCenter ESX Servers event rule.

Supported version: 6.0.

Role required: evt_mgmt_admin


  1. Navigate to Event Management > Event Connectors (Pull) > Connector Instances.
  2. Click New.
  3. On the form, fill in the fields.
    Table 1. Connector Instance form
    Field Description
    Name Descriptive and unique name for the vCenter connector.
    Description Description for the use of the vCenter event collection instance.
    Connector definition Name of the required connector definition. Select vCenter.
    Host IP IP address where vCenter is installed.
    Credential Permission to connect to vCenter. Click the search icon in the Credential field. Either select the required credentials from the list or click New and create the required credentials on the Credentials form. If you create the credentials, save them using a unique and recognizable name, for example, vCenterCHCK.
    Event collection last run time Last run time value. Automatically updated.
    Last event collection status Last run status. Automatically updated.
    Event collection schedule (seconds) Frequency, in seconds, that the system checks for new events from vCenter. The default value is 120 seconds.
    Last error message Last error message. Automatically updated.
  4. Right-click the form header and select Save.
    The connector instance values are added to the form and the parameters that are relevant to the connector appear.vCenter Connector Instance Values
  5. In the Connector Instance Values section, specify the vCenter values.
    Field Value
    collect_stateless_events Events that have a status (stateful) are collected when this field is set to false (default). These events are of type AlarmStatusChangedEvent and AlarmClearedEvent. If this field is set to true, events of other types are collected as well.
    port Specify the value of the port. Default value: 443.
    protocol Specify the protocol. Default value: https.
  6. In the MID Servers for Connectors section, specify a MID Server that is up and is valid.
    If no MID Server is specified, an available MID Server that has a matching IP range is used.

    You can configure several MID Servers. If the first is down, the next MID Server is used. If that MID Server is not available, the next is selected, and so on. MID Servers are sorted according to the order that their details were entered into the MID Server for Connectors section.

  7. Right-click the form header and select Save.
  8. Test the connection between the MID Server and the vCenter connector.
    1. Click Test Connector.
      If the test fails, follow the instructions that the error issues to correct the problem and then run another test.
      Note: Use a network tool, such as ping, to verify credential correctness and network connectivity from the MID Server to the external monitoring tool.
    2. After a successful test, select the Active check box.
  9. Click Update.