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Configuring the Virtual Center Server

Configuring the Virtual Center Server

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Configuring the VirtualCenter Server
Configuring the VirtualCenter Server
This section describes how to configure VirtualCenter Server attributes and settings, anddiscusses the following topics:
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Configuring the VirtualCenter Server: Setting Custom Attributes
Setting Custom Attributes
You can use custom attributes to associate your own information with the resources inVirtualCenter. After you create the attributes, set their values on each virtual machine ormanaged host, as appropriate. The values are stored with VirtualCenter. You can then usethe new attributes to filter information about your virtual machines and managed hosts. If you no longer need the custom attribute, remove it. A custom attribute is always a string,even if it takes the form of a numeric value.You can use this dialog box to create three types of attributes:You can also edit virtual machine or host attributes from the
Summary
tab of the virtualmachine or host. SeeEditing Custom Attributes and Annotations for a Virtual Machine orHost.When you add an attribute column, the column is not unique to the particular list in whichyou create it. It also appears on the
Hosts
,
Virtual Machines
and
Resource Allocation
 tabs for each of those objects, although you can assign a different value to the column oneach of those tabs. The information persists until you edit it or until the column is deleted.Editing or deleting the column requires permission to edit custom attributes.
Conditions
 
To add a custom attribute
 
Setting Custom Attributes 
Configuring Server Settings 
Virtual Machine
– Apply only to virtual machine objects.
• Host
– Apply only to host objects.
• Global
– Can be applied to hosts and virtual machines.VI Client must beconnected to:VirtualCenter ServerMinimum requiredprivileges:Global > Manage CustomPropertiesGlobal > Set Custom PropertiesTo reach this dialog box:
Administration
>
CustomAttributes
 1. In the Custom Attributes dialog box, click
Add
.2. In the Name text box, type the name to assign to the attribute.3. In the Type drop-down list, select the attribute type.4. Click
OK
.5. Enter the values for the custom attribute:
 
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In the information panel, the new attribute is added to the header.
To remove a custom attribute
 The attribute is removed from all hosts and virtual machines.To show or hide a custom attribute in a panel, right-click the column headings and select ordeselect the attribute.
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Configuring the VirtualCenter Server: Configuring Server Settings
Configuring Server Settings
You can configure the following VirtualCenter settings:
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Configuring the VirtualCenter Server:Configuring Server Settings: Configuring License Settings
Configuring License Settings
You must configure a license to use the VirtualCenter Server. This section introduceslicensing configuration options.
Conditions
 a. Select the object one level up the hierarchy that contains the objects to apply theattribute to. For example, to enter attribute values for managed hosts, select thedatacenter and the
Hosts
tab for a list of hosts.b. For each managed host or virtual machine, click the empty space below the newattribute's column heading.c. Type the attribute value that is appropriate for each managed host or virtual machine.1. Select an attribute from the list in the Custom Attributes dialog box.2. Click
Remove
.
Configuring License Settings 
Configuring Statistics Settings 
Configuring Runtime Settings 
Configuring Active Directory Settings 
Configuring Mail Sender Settings 
Configuring SNMP Settings 
Configuring Web Service Settings 
Configuring Timeout Settings 
Configuring Logging Options 
Configuring DatabaseSettings VI Client mustbe connectedto:VirtualCenter ServerMinimumrequiredprivileges:Global > SettingsTo reach this
Administration
>
VirtualCenter
 
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To configure the licenses for this server
 
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Configuring the VirtualCenter Server:Configuring Server Settings: Configuring Statistics Settings
Configuring Statistics Settings
To set up how statistical data is recorded, you configure
collection intervals.
Collectionintervals determine the frequency at which statistic queries occur, the length of timestatistical data is stored in the database, and the type of statistical data collected.
Conditions
 dialog box:
Management Server Configuration
Before youbegin:For complete information on setting up yourlicensing server, see the
Installation Guide
.For information on modifying the licensing onan ESX Server 3 host, see the
InstallationGuide
.Fore more information on modifying thelicensing on an ESX Server 3i host, see the
 Setup Guide
for your ESX Server 3i product.1. In the VirtualCenter Management Server Configuration dialog box, select the
LicenseServer
option.2. Select the location of the licenses.
Select
Use license services on this VirtualCenter server
to use licenses from alicense server running on the same physical machine as this VirtualCenter Server. TheVirtualCenter Server itself does not distribute licenses.
Select
Use the following license server
to use licenses located on a license serverand enter the port and name of the license server in the form port@host in the textbox.3. Select the VirtualCenter edition.
Select
VirtualCenter Management Server
if you purchased a license for thestandard edition of VirtualCenter Server.
Select
VirtualCenter Foundation Management Server
if you purchased a license forVirtualCenter Foundation.4. Select
Change host license server settings to match these VirtualCenter Serversettings whenever a host is added to inventory
if you want each host you add tothis VirtualCenter Server’s inventory to use the same license server as this VirtualCenterServer. The settings on the host are altered by VirtualCenter only when the host is addedor when the license server used by VirtualCenter is changed.5. Select one of the following options:
Click a link in the left pane of the dialog box to make changes on another page.
Click
OK
to accept all the VirtualCenter Server settings changes you made and closethe dialog box.
Click
Cancel
to close the VirtualCenter Configuration dialog box without saving anysettings changes.VI Client must beconnected to:VirtualCenter ServerMinimum requiredprivileges:Global > SettingsTo reach this dialog Administration > VirtualCenter
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