I’m a little bit of a snob…I like using my domain credentials on anything I log into. My favorite ESXi 4.1 feature isn’t the storage performance improvement provided by SIOC or VAAI nor is it the added memory compression technology. Instead, I like using my domain credentials for host authentication. I’ve recently starting poking at resxtop more, which puts me in the vMA more often. Unfortunately it required that I login using vi-admin, a user name that I typically forgot.
The other day while trying to remember my user name and password I found this article:
http://vbl0g.blogspot.com/2010/07/update-vma-40-to-41.html which describes a simple way to setup AD Authentication inside the vMA.
Verify that you have the latest vMA bits
This could take a few minutes to complete if an upgrade is required.
Once you are up to date, you can join AD:
domainjoin-cli join fully.qualified.domain.name username
After a reboot you can login with your domain credentials. The above link also shows how to add AD users/groups to the sudoers file but I did not do that in my environment.
Here are some additional instructions on using the domainjoin-cli from Likewise: