Vcenter login and single sign on dependence

Posted on 2013-12-25
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I have installed Vsphere Vcenter 5.5 and when I tried to login using my domain credentials, it did not work. I had to install Vmware Single sign on software. Apparently Vspher 5.5 login depends on  SSO.
Well, when I installed SSO, by default it uses the Vsphere.local , and my windows domain is Test.local, when I tried to change Vsphere.local to Test.local in SSO , it did not take it.
so in SSO I had to use Vsphere.local.

In Vcenter also, I will have to use Vspher.local in domain field and login with the same credentials I used in SSO.
So I am a little bit confused why I cannot use windows domain credentials to login to Vcenter. Apparently even when I login with SSO credentials, I still cannot see any issue with it, but I am afraid I will encounter some issues later.

Any idea on this ?

Question by:jskfan
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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Install web client, login as the administrator@vsphere.local and add your domain test.local as a source

good write up

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by:Vaseem Mohammed
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In 5.5 SSO is a required feature, if you installed vcenter using simple install, SSO and Inventory features are installed automatically then vCenter is installed.
If you have tried to run vcenter installation, the wizard asks for SSO location., not sure how you have completed vcenter installation successfully.
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For your information SSO is a new requirement, and later more and more VMware vSphere products will rely on SSO, to provide Single-Sign On!

So it may see over the top now, just for vCenter Server, but that's why VMware require it to be installed.
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I have first installed Vcenter, but when I tried to login it did not take my domain credentials it asked for SSO.
I installed SSO and inventory service, in SSO install Wizard, it prompted me to enter password for user: administrator@vsphere.local, I tried to change it to administrator@mydomainname.local then entered my domain password but it did not take it.
So now when I login to VSphere client I have to enter the Vcenter server name, user name and the domain Vsphere.local… How to change Vsphere.local on SSO so that it will take my real domain name : mydomainname.local ????

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 668 total points
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Have you added your Active Directory domain as an auithenticaton source?

see here


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Thanks.............I will check it later

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