To have your host use a directory service, 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 Using vSphere Authentication Proxy.

1

Browse to the host in the vSphere Web Client inventory.

2

Click the Manage tab and click Settings.

3

Under System, select Authentication Services.

4

Click Join Domain.

5

Enter a domain.

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

6

Enter the user name and password of a directory service user who has permissions to join the host to the domain, and click OK.

7

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

8

Click OK to close the Directory Services Configuration dialog box.