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Hi All,

I am new to VMware and could do with a little help I have installed ESXi on all hosts and created a VM for vCenter on my VM Storage however have a few questions installing vCenter Server.

1. Does the vCenter VM need to be apart of a Domain as per VMware best practices?
2. If it does need to be apart of a domain then currently I don't have a domain controller could I create a new VM and setup as a domain controller? Or does this domain controller need to be separate from the VM environment and as a physical machine?

Thanks any help would be great.
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NinjaStyle82Systems AdministratorCommented:
The DC can absolutely be a VM.

What are you using currently for logins and file shares in your company if not active directory?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To be frank and honest, if I was doing a new implementation of VMware vSphere today, and I would use the vCenter Appliance based on Linux, and not the  vCenter Server for Windoze.

1. If you currently manage your servers, and your servers are part of a Domain Active Directory security model, it make sense to add vCenter Server as a domain resource, and grant security via AD Groups.

2. If you do not currently have a Domain Active Directory, how many virtual machines and/or physical machines do you manage, Workstations and Servers ?

Domain Controllers can be virtual, but you need more than 1, two ideally.

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hsood2001Author Commented:
I am planning this setup to be an independent setup from our existing network.

I am thinking of setting up around 40-50 vms for external web hosting which will be a mix of windows and Red Hat.

I want  the vCenter vm just be used for vm infrastructure monitoring and admin.  So that all my other production vms control their own credentials as standalone devices.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, don't link it to Domain then!
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