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Configuring Email Alert in vCenter Server

Monitoring the infrastructure is always the important task for IT team to manage all the resources well. If you are using the vSphere Virtual Infrastructure then also you have to monitor your VM’s , Hosts, vCenter’s so to monitor the virtual infra VMware provides the Alarms which are used to notify users about specific events, Conditions & state of objects in the vCenter. After configuring alarms you can setup the Email Alerts for the Alarms so that when the alarm is generated you will get an mail about the alarm directly on your Email.

Email alerts are also useful if when you are not in the office & you can easily access your mail so that you will get to know about the problems occurring in Infrastructure & you can work on that.

So let’s see how to configure Email alerts in vCenter Server.

Configuring Email Alert in vCenter :-

Step 1:
Login to vCenter Server using vSphere Web Client.
Choose the vCenter Server.
Click on Manage Tab.
Click on the Settings Option.
Choose General settings.
Click on Edit button to Edit the General Settings of vCenter Server.


Step 2:
Choose the Mail Option to configure Mail settings.
Here as you can see you only have to provide the Mail Server IP & Mail Sender Address.
So after providing the details click OK to save & close.


Step 3:
You have successfully configured the Email.
As you can see the details are listed in the Mail Section.


Step 4:
Now as you have successfully configured the Email Settings.
We first need to test the Setting whether it is working or not.
So for Testing the Email Alert you can create custom alarm & in the Action you can send notification to an Email Address.

This is the Sample Screenshot of an Email Alert of vCenter.



To create the custom Alarm check the below link.

Checkout Our Post on Creating Custom Alarm:-


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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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  1. Since open mail relays are no longer allowed on corporate intranets and certainly not the internet, how are you configuring authentication?

  2. Is is possible to configure VMware alerts en masse vs. one at a time? I have a configured mail in vCenter and would like to be able to change all or at least a group of alerts in one process to send email as opposed to changing each alert individually.

    Is this possible and if so, how is it done?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Phil,
      Modification of alerts in vCenter Server can be done on individual alert basis only.
      If you want you can try PowerCLI may be you will able to do it.

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