You can configure some of the ways vCenter Server interacts with the Active Directory server.

Required privilege: Global.Settings

To configure active directory settings, the vSphere Client must be connected to the vCenter Server system.

1

If necessary, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings to display the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.

2

If the vCenter Server system is part of a connected group, select the server you want to configure from the Current vCenter Server drop-down menu.

3

In the navigation pane, select Active Directory.

4

In Active Directory Timeout, enter the timeout interval in seconds for connecting to the Active Directory server.

5

Select Enable Query Limit to limit the number of users and groups displayed in the Add Permissions dialog box.

6

In Users & Groups, enter the maximum number of users and groups to display.

If you enter 0 (zero), all users and groups appear.

7

Select Enable Validation to have vCenter Server periodically check its known users and groups against the Active Directory server.

8

In Validation Period, enter the number of minutes between instances of synchronization.

9

Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.