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I just set up a Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials server in my environment. I have a VMWare ESXi 4.1 host running standalone that I am able to have join the domain.

When I right click the Host, and choose Add Permissions, and set the Administrator role for one of my Domain users or groups in vSphere Client, as soon as I click ok, the role is lost. Trying to authenticate with the domain credentials in vSpere client says "You must use a user name and password" (paraphrasing).

I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to have the roles be retained.

Here is a new wrinkle to this problem. The permission are working, but the vSphere client does not pass them through when you check "Use Windows session credentials" if i enter domainname\username with the domain password, AD authentication works successfully

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Have you created an AD group named "ESX Admins" and added the relevant AD users to that group? It's my understanding that that's what's needed on the AD side.

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haven't they removed that requirement in 4.1? – tony roth Sep 22 '11 at 13:47
It's in the v4.1 'Configuration Guide'. – Chopper3 Sep 22 '11 at 13:51
The server configuration documentation doesn't specify (that I could find), but this document seems to be saying that it is needed:… – joeqwerty Sep 22 '11 at 13:55
So my understanding of that is that the functionallity still exists, but isn't required? – joeqwerty Sep 22 '11 at 14:02

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