How to Join AD Domain in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (vCSA)

In vSphere 6.0 the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) has been changed a lot. Joining an Active Directory Domain is now included in the infrastructure node configuration which is part of the Platform Services Controller. Please note standard AD requirements like time synchronisation and naming. You can't join an AD if you've set an IP address as name during the VCSA guided installer.

  1. Open vSphere Web Client (https://[vcenter]/vsphere-client)
  2. Login as Single Sign-On Administrator (Password set during installation)
  3. Navigate to Administration > Deployment > System Configuration
    vsphere60-web-client-administration vsphere60-web-client-system-configuration
  4. Open Nodes and select the infrastructure node that is associated with Single Sign-On
    vsphere60-web-client-infrastructure-node-config
  5. Navigate to Manage > Advanced > Active Directory
    vsphere60-web-client-infrastructure-node-join-ad
  6. Click Join...
    vsphere60-web-client-infrastructure-node-join-button
  7. Enter AD domain information
    vsphere60-web-client-join-domain
  8. Press OK
  9. Reboot the Appliance

When the appliance comes back up it is now part of the Active Directory Domain. The next step is to configure the AD as identity source to login to the vCenter with AD credentials.

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  1. Thanks for posting this, however it is not working for me.
    I've added the server to our domain, and it adds the computer in AD, but vcenter does not show up as being in a domain once rebooted. It's as if the system doesn't finish the process. Any thoughts on this or suggestions on where I can look to troubleshoot further?

  2. I have the same problem as Derek

  3. Mine solution was to change NETBIOS name of the AD Domain to uppercase
    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2085616

    Regards,
    Ivo

  4. Had to open up ports on the AD firewall (LDAP, etc) to get it to work.

  5. I have the same. Did a domain join with the PSC UI. One of the two PSC is shown in VC as joined. The second does not show up.
    Since the PSC itself shows the domain and the computer account exist in AD, how to convince the VC to show it correctly?

  6. vcenter 5.5 manage 5.1 | manage my link - pingback on February 24, 2016 at 3:14 am

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