migrating to new Windows AD domain--effect on vCenter Server?

I run vCenter Server 6.7 on a Windows server (2012 R2).  It is part of a Windows domain that has a long upgrade history and I need to abandon that domain and go to a new one I just created.  Once I join the new domain, what if any issues will I have with vCenter Server?


Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead Network EngineerCommented:
While you should have no real issues you have basically two options:

1) You can migrate to a new vcenter in rhe new domain
2) You can unjoin the vcenter server from one domain, and re-join it to the orher (changing service users if any are domain accounts)

Sub options wirhin both are to have a domain trust to allow old/new accounts to manage vcenter until mogration completes.

for me, I'd probbably build a new vcenter server on windowz 2016, connecting to a new sql cluster instance all in the new domain, and have a trust so old and new admin accounts could access.

However we've also done it the opposite where we kept the old vcenter around, created the trust, and then added the new vcenter admins from the new domain so we could move the vcenter server later in the process.

I jist prefer having the nice clean new vcenter and getting the OS rebuilt, as migrating the customization templates and joining the existing esxi servers to the new vcenter is a snap, and non interruptive, once the distributed switches are set up with the same names and same version.

So its really just a matter of preference.

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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Ben!  Sounds like the pain level isn't all that bad.  Always better to ask before I step in it over my head.

Much appreciated.

Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead Network EngineerCommented:
Hey Ben, glad to help!  :)
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
This went fairly smoothly.  Had a few minor glitches (forgot to inventory my network mappings on my local workstation. Can fake that.)
Thanks again!

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