To use a directory service for your host, you must join the host to the directory service domain.

You can enter the domain name in one of two ways:

name.tld (for example, domain.com): The account is created under the default container.

name.tld/container/path (for example, domain.com/OU1/OU2): The account is created under a particular organizational unit (OU).

To use the vSphere Authentication Proxy service, see vSphere Security.

1

Click Manage in the VMware Host Client inventory and click Security & Users.

2

Click Authentication and click Join domain.

3

Enter a domain name.

Use the form name.tld or name.tld/container/path.

4

Enter the user name and password of a directory service user account that has permissions to join the host to the domain and click Join domain.

5

(Optional) If you intend to use an authentication proxy, enter the proxy server IP address and click Join domain.