VMware ESXi 5.5 Active Directory authentication – step by step
Have you ever wondered if it is possible to skip creation of local user on each ESXi host and use only one account to rule them all?
If yes then I have good news for you - you can use Active Directory together with VMware ESXi. I will show you how you can do it in few steps.
In order to successfully authenticate Active Directory in ESXi hosts you must have:
- Correct DNS servers configured on ESXi hosts
- Your Active Directory account should have rights to add Computer objects in Active Directory
- Login to ESXi using root account.
- Navigate to **Configuration \ Authentication Services
- Click Properties and change Local Authentication to Active Directory.
- Enter domain name, click Join Domain and give User name and password for valid user account which can join computers to Active Directory.
- You are done! Your ESXi server is added to Active Directory domain.
- Now you need to assign user or group to specific role in ESXi. In order to do this navigate to Home \ Inventory \ Permissions and click Add Permission.
Select appropriate role (Administrator, Read-Only, No access) and provide user or group name.