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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Managing ESXi authentication

Handling user authentication and user permissions of local users of the ESXi host can be managed directly by the ESXi host. vCenter single sign-on cannot handle the authentication of the local user accounts of the ESXi host. Also, you will not be able to create a local user account of the ESXi host from the vCenter Server. You must connect to the ESXi host directly using the vSphere client to create a local user account because the vCenter Server is not aware of the local user account of the ESXi host. However, you can configure your ESXi host to authenticate with the Windows Active Directory Domain by joining the ESXi host to the windows domain. This option allows you to maintain the same group of users to be available ...

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