How does vCenter integrate with Active Directory?

Use the vSphere Client to log in as administrator@ your_domain_name to the vCenter Server instance in the vCenter Server Appliance. On the vSphere Client navigation pane, click Administration > Single Sign On > Configuration. Select the Active Directory Domain tab, and click JOIN AD. Enter the Active Directory details.

How do I add AD authentication in vCenter?

Enabling Active Directory Authentication In vCenter 6.5

  1. Expand home then click Administration.
  2. Navigate to Single Sign-On > Configuration.
  3. Click the green plus (+) and add identity source.
  4. Select Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication).

How does vCenter SSO work?

The SSO server provides an authentication interface called Security Token Service (STS). Clients send WS-Trust authentication messages to the STS, which checks the user’s credential against one of the attached identity sources. The vCenter Server uses the token to perform operations on behalf of the primary user.

How do I log into vCenter server appliance?

In a Web browser, go to the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, https:// appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN :5480. Log in as root. The default root password is the password that you set while deploying the vCenter Server Appliance.

How do I restart vCenter service in appliance?

Log in to the vSphere Web Client with a vCenter Single Sign-on administrator account. Navigate to Administration > Deployment > System Configuration. Click Nodes, select the vCenter Server Appliance node and click the Related Objects tab. Right-click on the service you want to restart and select Restart.

How do I change DNS settings in vCenter?


  1. On the vSphere Web Client main page, click Home > Administration > System Configuration.
  2. Under System Configuration, click Nodes.
  3. Under Nodes, select a node and click the Manage tab.
  4. Select Networking, and click Edit.
  5. Expand DNS and edit the settings.

What is SSO domain in vCenter?

An SSO Domain is the domain that vSphere uses to connect vCenter Servers in a federation. An SSO Domain contains Tags, Licenses, Categories, Global Permissions, Roles, and Privileges. The SSO Domain name defaults to vsphere. local, but can be edited during installation of the vCenter Server to a preferred name.

Where is the vCenter SSO configured?

By default, this is located at https://servername:5480 . Click the vCenter Server tab. Click SSO.

What is the difference between vCenter Server and vCenter Server appliance?

The most glaring difference, as implied by its name, is that vCenter Server for Windows runs exclusively on a Microsoft Windows server operating system. The appliance version (vCSA), on the other hand, is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 64-bit and comes as an OVF appliance lock, stock and barrel ready for use.

How do I find vCenter Server appliance services?

To check the status of vCenter Server Appliance services:

  1. Connect to the vCenter Server Appliance through SSH.
  2. Log in as root.
  3. Run this command in the SSH client:
  4. Scroll through the output to check the status of all services.

How to integrate Active Directory with vCenter and SSO?

With vCenter and SSO, one simply has to add Active Directory as an Identity Source to their vCenter SSO configuration and then create a Global Permission to allow a user or group to log-in to vCenter. It’s actually quite simple and has many advantages:

How to add PSC and vCenter Server instances to AD?

Using the vSphere Web Client, log in as [email protected] or a similarly privileged account. As per Fig.2, click on the Home menu icon and then click on the System Configuration icon. As per Fig.3, click on Nodes (1) and select the PSC or vCenter Server instance (2) you wish to add to AD.

Is VMware vCenter single sign on (SSO) the same as Kerberos?

First effectively implemented in vSphere 5.5 [1], VMware made vCenter a subset of a user-directory known as Single Sign on (SSO), which is actually an independent implementation of MIT Kerberos. With SSO, it did not make a difference if the server where vCenter was installed was a member-server of an Active Directory domain or not!

How do I assign vCenter permissions to Active Directory Users?

Back at Identity Sources your AD should appear in the list and from now on you are able to assign vCenter permissions to users and groups from your active directory. When you are using the Integrated Windows Authentication, trusted domains are also available.