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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.
hsood2001Asked:
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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?
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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.

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