With the VMware vSphere 4.1 release there are lots of new features to talk about! One of those features that caught my eye is the ability for ESX/ESXi servers to “join” a Windows Active Directory (AD) domain. That’s right, an ESX server can be a member server in AD. That means that you can then login to that ESX host using your Winodws AD username and password. This applies when connecting to the server using the vSphere Client, going to the console, or connecting via SSH. This is also a nice security function because instead of logging on locally as “root”, now each user can login as themselves (and that entry will be made in the associated security logs).
Here’s a new video I created on how to configure this cool new vSphere 4.1 feature – Windows Active Directory Authentication.
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