Joining the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 to an Active Directory Domain

Joining the vCenter Server Appliance to an Active Directory Domain in vSphere 6 is much different from in previous versions. Previously, you would use the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) by navigating to the FQDN of the server over port 5480. In vSphere 6.0, you need to perform the steps through the vSphere Web Client. Once you know the new process, the task is relatively easy and quick.
Note: You can only join a PSC or VCSA with an embedded PSC to an AD domain.
Step 1. Navigate to the vSphere Client Web Client https://FQDN/vsphere-client

Step 2. Select Administration


Step 3. Select Deployment -> System Configuration

Step 4. Click Nodes -> VCSA_Node -> Manage Tab -> Active Directory -> Join

Step 5. Enter your Active Directory Credentials -> OK
Note: You can specify an Organizational unit or leave it blank.

Note: One interesting thing I noticed is that the domain never populated in the field until after I rebooted the server.
Step 6. Reboot the VCSA server.

Pretty simple right? After this is complete you can go in and add an identity source the same way you would in previous versions (Administration -> Configuration)

Posted by:

Sean Whitney

1 Comment

  1. VMwareguy -  January 22, 2016 - 6:37 am 379

    Hi Sean,
    I get the following error while adding psc node to domain through webclient :


    and I had to use the workaround via domainjoin-cli commandline to add the same into domain, however through webclient it never worked for me in 6.0, did it work for you or faced the similar issue initially.

    The other thing is , even after joining psc node through domainjoin-cli, I took a reboot but still under system configuration–>node->pscnode, I do not see psc node is part of active directory, fields are blank but i can this added into domain through domainjoin-cli query commandline, any idea what could be wrong with my setup.

    Thanks a bunch !!


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