Creating ESX Server Credentials for NPM

NPM uses the VMware API to poll most of its performance data from devices
running ESX Server versions 3.5 and 4.0. You must create credentials on your
ESX Servers for the NPM polling engine, as shown in the following procedure.
Note: Credentials created for the NPM polling engine must have read-only rights
as a minimum.
To create ESX Server credentials for NPM:
1. Log in to your ESX Server using an account with administrative privileges.
Note: Typically, the root user name and password is sufficient.
2. If you are prompted with an untrusted SSL certificate warning, click
Ignore to continue using the current SSL certificate.
3. Open the Users & Groups tab, and then click Users.
4. Right-click the Users view, and then click Add.
5. On the Add New user window, complete the following procedure:
Note: The User Name and Password provided in this step must be provided
either in your initial network discovery or whenever you use Web Node
Management to add the current ESX Server to NPM for monitoring.
a. Provide both a Login and a User Name for the NPM polling engine.
b. Enter and confirm a Password.
c. Click OK.
6. Open the Permissions tab.
7. Right-click the Permissions view, and then click Add Permission.
8. On the Assign Permissions window, click Add.
9. Select the user you just created, and then click Add.
10. Click OK on the Select Users and Groups window.
11. Select an appropriate role in the Assigned Role area, and then click OK on
the Assign Permissions window.

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