Sometimes you want need to make sure that you can access the host using Active Directory credentials.

Joining the Active Directory

To join the Host to the Active Directory perform the following steps.

  1. Log in to the Host UI
  2. Select "Manage" in the Navigator
  3. Select "Security & users"
  4. Select "Authentication"
  5. Press "Join domain"
  6. Enter the AD information.
  7. Reboot the Host

This is how it should look like in the ESXi UI:

And this is how it will look in the AD:

Leaving the Active Directory

  1. Log in to the Host UI
  2. Select "Manage" in the Navigator
  3. Select "Security & users"
  4. Select "Authentication"
  5. Click "Leave Domain"
  6. And confirm with "Yes"
  7. Reboot the Host
  8. In the Active Directory delete the Computer Object.

This is how it should look like in the ESXi UI:

And this is how it will look in the AD: