To have your host use a directory service, you must join the host to the directory service domain.

About this task

You can enter the domain name in one of two ways:

  • name.tld (for example, The account is created under the default container.

  • name.tld/container/path (for example, The account is created under a particular organizational unit (OU).

To use the vSphere Authentication Proxy service, see Using vSphere Authentication Proxy.


  1. Browse to the host in the vSphere Web Client inventory.
  2. Click the Manage tab and click Settings.
  3. Under System, select Authentication Services.
  4. Click Join Domain.
  5. Enter a domain.

    Use the form name.tld or name.tld/container/path.

  6. Enter the user name and password of a directory service user who has permissions to join the host to the domain, and click OK.
  7. (Optional) If you intend to use an authentication proxy, enter the proxy server IP address.
  8. Click OK to close the Directory Services Configuration dialog box.