You can configure the ESX host to use a directory service such as Active Directory to manage users and groups.

Verify that you have set up an Active Directory domain. Refer to your directory server documentation.

1

Ensure that the host name of ESX is fully qualified with the domain name of the Active Directory forest.

fully qualified domain name = host_name.domain_name

2

Synchronize the time between ESX and the directory service system using your preferred method.

To use NTP, perform the following steps.

a

In the vSphere Client, select the host in the inventory.

b

Click the Configuration tab and click Time Configuration.

c

Click the Properties link at the top right of the panel.

d

Set the time and date.

e

Select NTP Client Enabled to open the service console firewall ports that the NTP service uses.

3

Ensure that the DNS servers you configured for the host can resolve the host names for the Active Directory controllers.

You can use the vSphere Client DNS and Routing Configuration dialog box to modify host name and DNS server information for the host.

a

In the vSphere Client, select the host in the inventory.

b

Click the Configuration tab and click DNS and Routing.

c

Click the Properties link at the top right of the panel to access the DNS and Routing Configuration dialog box.

Join a directory service domain using the vSphere Client.