VMWare ESXCFG tool

Posted on 2010-01-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hi All,

I'm trying to enable Active Directory Authentication for use when logging into vSphere Client.

I have read around and found out how to do it, but it mentions using the esxcfg tool.

Does anyone know where I can find this?
Question by:PeterHing
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You can get it from here:


but you have to register.

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by:Pete Long
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Hello PeterHing,

you need to log onto the esx server itself, esxcfg is a linux command



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Thanks Both.

PeteLong - On the esx server, I just have an orange (DOS like) screen, with config options. I don't know how to get to the command line?
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The free version of vmware esxi does not support AD integration, the licensed esxi can be authenticated via AD tru vCenter
For esx refer to http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxcfg_auth_tn.pdf
The DOS like screen as you mentioned must be esxi

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ahhh - I have the licensed ESXi, but because we're currently only using 1 host with local disks, we've not yet brought vCenter.

Does this mean without vCenter, I cannot do what I intend?
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Nope with esxi, you need to be authenticated with local user&password

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