To 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).

Verify that the vSphere Client is connected to a vCenter Server system or to the host.

1

Select a host in the vSphere Client inventory, and click the Configuration tab.

2

Under Software, select Authentication Services and click Properties.

3

In the Directory Services Configuration dialog box, select the type of authentication from the drop-down menu.

Option

Description

If you select Active Directory

Enter a domain in the form of name.tld or name.tld/container/path and click Join Domain.

If the host is already using a directory service

Select Leave Domain to leave the domain and join another.

4

Enter the user name and password of an Active Directory user who has permissions to join the host to the domain, and click OK.

5

Click OK to close the Directory Services Configuration dialog box.