Configure vCenter Server 6.0 – Join Active Directory Domain

How to Join Active Directory Domain:

After installing vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 lets start with some basic configuration of vCenter Server. In the first place, We should start with Join Active Directory Domain with vCenter Server. To do so please follow the below steps:

  • First of all login to vCenter Server Web Client using FQDN or IP address with SSO administrator privilege.

https://<vCenter-FQDN-or-IP address>/vsphere-client.

vCSA configuration - welcome page

  • On the left side click on Administration and it will show you another menu items.
  • Under Deployment click on System Configuration.
  • Click on Nodes
  • Under Nodes click on vCenter host name (In given example: vim1.vmantra.local)

vCSA configuration - Nodes

 

  • On the Right side, Click on the Manage tab >> Setting
  • In Advanced, Click on Active Directory
  • On the Right side a new page will open with Join button, Click on Join button

vCSA configuration - Join

  • Enter the required information (Domain Name, OU, Domain admin Username and Password) and press OK

vCSA configuration - Credentials

  • Reboot the vCenter Server by Selecting the Node >> Right Click >> Reboot
  • After Reboot it will show the Domain Name (eg. vmantra.local) on the same page and Join Domain button will be grayed out.

vCSA configuration - after reboot

  • Now Go to Administration, Under Single Sign-On click on Configuration
  • On the right side, Select Identity Sources tab then click on a Green + (plus) icon

vCSA configuration - AD integration

  • It will open a new Add identity source window
  • At the Identity source type select Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication)
  • Your Domain Name must be populated here in Domain name.
How to Unjoin  vCenter Server from Active Directory Domain:

You can also remove vCenter from Active Directory Domain. It is very simple:

  • First of all, go to Administration >> Deployment >> System Configuration.
  • Select Node, Under Nodes click on vCenter host name
  • On the Right side, Click on the Manage tab >> Setting
  • In Advanced, Click on Active Directory
  • Click on Leave button
  • Enter the Domain admin Username and Password, and press OK
  • Reboot the vCenter Server by Selecting the Node >> Right Click >> Reboot

 

Thanks!!

One thought on “Configure vCenter Server 6.0 – Join Active Directory Domain

  • April 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM
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    Thanks a lot for the blog post. Really looking forward to reading more.

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