New Training: Identity Sources for vSphere
In this 7-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker describes and demonstrates setting up identity sources in vSphere. Watch this new VMware training.
Watch the full course: VMware Certified Professional
This training includes:
54 minutes of training
You’ll learn these topics in this skill:
Intro to Identity Sources
LDAP as an Identity Source
Authorizing LDAP Users
Join vCenter to Active Directory
Hands on Lab: LDAP Identity Source
What are Identity Sources for VMware?
VMWare is an amazing virtualization solution for businesses. It's the market leader in virtualization solutions, and its software offers businesses a way to better utilize physical hardware, reduce TCO, and provides an easier way to manage multiple systems. Much like any other infrastructure software, though, organizations want to lock it down and only let qualified individuals manage it. Managing individual user accounts for each piece of software can be a nightmare, though, so many enterprise applications integrate with something like Active Directory or LDAP.
This is what an identity source is in VMWare. It's a source that VMWare can use for single sign-on accounts to verify identity and permissions for a user. This gives businesses a way to manage users in a central location without having to handle individual user accounts per application.
Identity sources in VMWare still have some restrictions, though. For instance, you can only use Active Directory 2003 or later. Likewise, OpenLDAP is restricted to version 2.4 or later as well.