While working in my lab at work I wanted to see about adding my vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to our lab Active Directory so it would be easier for me to connect to resources. After going through the process I decided to make a guide on the steps I took to get it working.
Just an FYI I was working with vSphere Management Assistant version 188.8.131.52 at the time of taking these screenshots so I am sure things may have changed in later versions… or not.
First you will need to get to the console of the machine.
Select the option to login
and log in using the vi-admin account
Once you are logged in you are presented with a command prompt. You will need to use the following command to add your appliance to a Windows domain.
Sudo domainjoin-cli join <domain.name> <Domain User Name>
You will then be prompted for the vi-admin password
Once your Appliance is added to the domain you will see a screen like this.
Once the reboot has been completed you will can verify that you are on the domain by running this command:
sudo domainjoin-cli query
and you will be presented with a response something line this
Now your appliance is on the domain and you will now have an easier time connecting to resources in your VMware environment.