You can use host profiles to specify how hosts join a directory service domain. Hosts can join with user-supplied Active Directory credentials or can join using the vSphere Authentication Proxy server (CAM server).

When you use Active Directory, users supply their Active Directory credentials and the domain name of the Active Directory server when joining a host to a domain.

When you use a vSphere Authentication Proxy server, you do not need to store Active Directory credentials on the host. Users supply the domain name of the Active Directory server and the IP address of the authentication proxy server when they join a host to a domain.

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You can create a host profile from the Host Profiles main view using the configuration of an existing host.

2

You place a host in maintenance mode when you need to service it, for example, to install more memory. A host enters or leaves maintenance mode only as the result of a user request.

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Specify how hosts will join a directory service domain: with user-supplied Active Directory credentials or by using the vSphere Authentication Proxy server (CAM server).

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Before you can apply the profile to a host you need to attach the host to the profile or the profile to the host.

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You can apply a profile to a host from the Host Profiles main view.