Synchronization mode - VMware

It is possible to synchronize virtual machines running on VMware vCenter Server.


To run this task successfully, you need to import the vCenter CA in your ESMC Server. You can export it via your web browser.

For example, to export the certificate using Firefox, click the icon of the secure connection in the address bar secure_connection and then click Show connection details > More Information > View certificate > Details > Export > Save.

Click More > Server Tasks > Static Group Synchronization > New.


In this section, you can enter basic information about a task, such as a Name and Description (optional). You can also select from the following task trigger settings:

Run task immediately after finish - Select this option to have the task run automatically after you click Finish.

Configure trigger - Select this option to enable the Trigger section, where you can configure trigger settings.

To set the trigger later, leave this check box deselected.



Common Settings

Click Select under Static Group Name - by default, the executing user's home group will be used for synchronized computers. Alternatively you can create a New Static Group.

Object to synchronize - Either Computers and Groups, or Only Computers.

Computer creation collision handling - If the synchronization adds computers that are already members of the Static Group, you can select a conflict resolution method:

oSkip (synchronized computers will not be added)

oMove (new computers will be moved to a subgroup)

oDuplicate (new computer is created with modified name)

Computer extinction handling - If a computer no longer exists, you can either Remove this computer or Skip it.

Group extinction handling - If a group no longer exists, you can either Remove this group or Skip it.

Synchonization mode - VMWare

Server connection settings

Server - Type in the DNS or IP address of the VMware vCenter Server. The address must be exactly the same as the value CN of the imported vCenter CA. You can find this value in the column Subject of the More > Certification Authorities window.

Login - Type in the login credentials for the VMware vCenter Server.

Password - Type in the password used to log onto your VMware vCenter Server.

Synchronization settings

Structure view - Select the type of structure view, either Folders or Resource pool.

Structure path - Click Browse and navigate to the folder you want to synchronize. If the field is left empty, the entire structure will be synchronized.

Computer view - Select whether to display computers by Name, Host Name or IP Address following synchronization.

validation-status-icon-warning IMPORTANT

If you get the error: Server not find in Kerberos database after clicking Browse, use the server's AD FQDN instead of the IP address.


The Trigger section contains information about the trigger(s) which would run a task. Each Server Task can have up to one trigger. Each trigger can run only one Server Task. If Configure trigger is not selected in the Basic section, a trigger is not created. A task can be created without trigger. Such a task can be run afterward manually or a trigger can be added later.

Advanced Settings - Throttling

By setting Throttling, you can set advanced rules for the created trigger. Setting throttling is optional.


All configured options are displayed here. Review the settings and click Finish if they are ok. The task is now created and ready to be used.