Vmware esx 5.5 AD authentication

I have a single ESX 5.5 server and i want to use AD for logins via the vsphere client.

I joined the host on the domain successfully, but i cannot login, it says "windows session credentails cannot be used to log into this server enter a username and password"
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
did you create the ESXi-Admins group on AD, and add user accounts to it?

did you setup user privileges ?

it's not just a case of add ESXi host to domain, and wham bam done!

if not, then follow this excellent step by step blog


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Cobra25Author Commented:

I created the 'ESX Admins' group, is that the right group?

I did not set permissions, when i go there, my domain is not listed from the drop down.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it is, but you need to follow the article, step by step and slowly...
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Everything looks good

I am just missing the part where it says

 Use the pull-down menu to change the “Domain:” to the name of the AD domain, find the user in the list, click “Add”, and then click “OK”.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
not part of the domain, is there a domain account created for the ESXi host server in AD ?
Cobra25Author Commented:
yes, i see it in AD.

I would highly advise against joining the ESX server to the Domiain.
If the server looses domain trust no one will be able to administer the servers on it.
Also if your domain gets compromised it will be harder to get into the VM server.
This is not a good practice. Both my ESX and Hyper-V servers are not domain joined.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Spaz_IT the root account still works!
Agreed, IMO it would be easier to compromise the system with it being AD joined.
Cobra25Author Commented:
Ill still have the root account which is fine.
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