If you have domains with thousands of users or groups, or if searches take a long time to complete, adjust the search settings in the Select Users or Groups dialog box.

Note: This procedure applies only to vCenter Server user lists. ESXi host user lists cannot be searched in the same way.


To configure Active Directory settings, the vSphere Client must be connected to the vCenter Server system.


  1. From the vSphere Client connected to a vCenter Server system, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings.
  2. In the navigation pane, select Active Directory.
  3. Change the values as needed.
    Option Description
    Active Directory Timeout Timeout interval in seconds for connecting to the Active Directory server. This value specifies the maximum amount of time vCenter Server allows a search to run on the selected domain. Searching large domains can take a long time.
    Enable Query Limit Select the check box to limit the number of users and groups that vCenter Server displays in the Add Permissions dialog box for the selected domain.
    Users & Groups value Specifies the maximum number of users and groups vCenter Server displays from the selected domain in the Select Users or Groups dialog box. If you enter 0 (zero), all users and groups appear.
  4. Click OK.