VMware: ESX 4.1 Active Directory Integration

Since vSphere 4.1 there’s a possibility to connect your ESX server into Microsoft Active Directory, how do you configure this:

– Connect directly to your ESX host


– Make sure your DNS servers are correct configured on the host + add the host by FQDN in your DNS server in your domain;


  – Goto: Configuration tab > Authentication Services > Properties;


– Select: Active Directory > Domain settings: Enter domain name + you can select the correct path in AD to add the host directly in de preferred OU. In my case VMpros.local/Deventer/ESX ;


– Enter your domain credentials;


– The ESX host entered the domain; 


– And in the correct OU folder;


Now you can manage your security groups by adding some groups under “Assign Permissions”:


– Select your domain name, in my case VMPROS;


– Now you can manage the credentials and permissions for this security group;


Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has 15+ years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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