Category: SDDC

Managing ESXi Hosts with AD Credentials

As part of a security hardening exercise or indeed just because, it may be desirable to change the root account of your ESXi hosts to a complex password, bung it in a safe and let you admins connect via their AD credentials. To start with, join your ESXi hosts to your AD domain.  I have pre-created computer objects in my test environment. I have also created an ESX Admins AD security group which by default allows its members admin access to an ESXi host once it has been joined to the domain. To join the domain run the following powercli...

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Shutdown vSAN Cluster with Horizon Instant Clones

In previous versions of vSphere it has been necessary to run CLI commands or edit host config to remove parent VMs (for instant clones) before shutting down a cluster. This is not required in ESXi 6.7 so the process has become a little easier. Here is a bare bones process that I use to cleanly shut down then startup a vSAN cluster running instant clones (tested with Horizon 7.7/ESXi 6.7 u1). In this instance, the vCenter appliance is also running on the cluster so this will add some extra steps to the process. **I have also included a few powercli...

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