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VMware: Cannot join ESXi 5.0 host to AD

Posted by bartvdw on 2323/0404/2013

Came across an issue when trying to joining ESXi 5.0 hosts to AD, it kept returning me an error “The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted”. Checked the configuration (DNS, NTP, …) but was unable to find anything wrong.

Then found a KB explaining to temporarily disable the firewall or create a firewall rule to allow TCP port 53 outgoing… All very nice however some guy (patm521) suggested another workaround which actually works fast! Enable NFS Client rule in the security profile, join to AD, disable the NFS Client rule. That’s it!

PS: Only saw this for ESXi 5.0 hosts, didn’t have the issue (yet) for 5.1 hosts…

Unable to add ESXi host to the Active Directory domain (2008408)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2008408

VMware Communities: Cannot join ESXi 5.0 Host to AD
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1829087

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