You can configure authentication settings, such as enabling an NIS or Active Directory server, on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

Install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance and configure the database. See Configure Database Settings for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance and the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.

1

Log in to the VMware vCenter Server Appliance Web console and navigate to the Authentication tab.

2

(Optional) Click NIS and select NIS Enabled to enable an NIS server for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

3

(Optional) Type the NIS domain and NIS server and click Save Settings.

4

(Optional) Click Active Directory and select Active Directory Enabled to enable an Active Directory server for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

5

(Optional) Type the domain, administrator user name, and administrator password for the Active Directory server and click Save Settings.

6

Restart vCenter Server.