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How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory

I just finished deploying new VCSA 6.7 in my office for a new project, In this article I am showing procedure to join VCSA to active directory, and wanted to assign permissions to AD accounts but Active directory was not visible in permissions. For the same follow below steps on vCenter web client to configure.

Click Home icon button on top, and from drop down menu select Home. Under Administration locate System configuration.

Next Part Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication)

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Next on the Navigator select Nodes, Under nodes locate vCenter server, go to Manage tab, in the settings choose Active Directory. once you click Join button. New dialog box pop ups Join active directory, type active directory domain name, AD username and password to add. If you don't want to mention Organizational unit path, keep it blank. Once this step is done, Domain name will reflect after rebooting vCenter.

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If you are cli lover and wants to perform this from vCenter shell command line. Login to vCenter server using putty with root account. Type shell to launch BASH

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Next I am querying the current status of domain join, using /opt/likewise/bin/domainjoin-cli query. I see Domain is blank. Next command will join vcenter into active directory domain.

/opt/likewise/bin/domainjoin-cli join domain.com username@domain.com password

If successful it shows the joining to ad domain with computer dns name with success.

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As fullfledged html5 based vsphere client is out, and if you are planning to use the same for same task Go to Home >> Administration >> Single Sign on >> Configuration >> Active Directory Domain >> Join AD.

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Once everything is good and successful you can find the computer account is created on Active directory using either powershell command Get-ADComputer or dsa.msc.

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