How to change vCenter URL in VMware View

In some cases VMware View may show a problem with the certificate on the vCenter Server, displaying a dashboard red flag even when certificates and properly in place. This behavior can happen because the administrator entered the vCenter Server address in VMware View Admin UI using the short name instead of the FQDN, but the certificate used on the vCenter Server is a wildcard certificate for the domain.

It’s not possible to modify the vCenter Server URL/Name via  Admin UI without removing and re-adding the vCenter instance into VMware View. The problem in doing this operation is that desktop pool configurations will be lost and no new desktops is provisioned or deleted untill desktop pools are re-configured.

However, there is an easier way to modify the vCenter URL, via the ADAM database.  You will need to launch ADSI (adsiedit.msc) in one of the View Connection Servers and modify the attribute pae-VCURL in CN=<VCGUID>,OU=VirtualCenter,OU=Properties,DC=vdi,dc=vmware,dc=int. This attribute is where the vCenter URL entry is stored.



That should be all that’s needed, the View broker will pick up the changes and reconnect to vCenter Server without requiring additional steps.


This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at

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