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Authentication error logging into vCenter Server Appliance

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I am unable to log in to VMware vCenter server appliance when I use the "use windows session credentials" option in the vSphere client.  I receive an error "Window session credentials cannot be used to log into this server. Enter a user name and password".
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A simple way is to create the same (local) account on your vCenter server machine.
The better approach is to integrate it into your domain.
After that you still need to assign vCenter access privileges to the account you want to use.
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Is this something that worked before and now is not or never worked?  If it's "never worked", then you need to allow your admins, or whatever group or person to have accost the vCenter.

If it's just started to fail, you may need to reboot the vCenter.  I've also found in some instances if I manually enter the same credentials that the check box should be feeding the login screen that I can get on OK.  I think my ultimate fix for that was to reboot the vCenter.
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This has never worked.  I am able to logon to the vCenter for Windows servers with AD credentials but cannot using the vCenter Appliance
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Sorry, my error.
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Again, look at your vCenter user authentication. It is different from the VM servers'.
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Have you added the appliance to active directory?
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This has been said in http:#a40621558, no?
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