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I am trying to add a new local user from vCenter. I could not find how to do it.

I dont have the "Users & Groups" tab.

Important note, I do not want to join the vCenter to the domain. I really want to create a local user.

EDIT: I use vSphere 5.1

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Which version of vSphere are you using? –  cole Jan 30 '13 at 16:08
I use vSphere 5.1 –  Jonathan Rioux Jan 30 '13 at 16:09
Thought about getting some training or reading the documentation? –  Chopper3 Jul 29 '13 at 13:55
I think that this article on 4.1 is still applicable in 5.1. I just used it to add a local user. kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/… –  rykerwilliams Jan 6 at 15:52

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In the Web Client

  1. Browse to Administration > Access > SSO Users and Groups in the vSphere Web Client.
  2. On the Users tab, click the New User icon.(The green + sign)
  3. Type a user name and password for the new user. You cannot change the user name after you create a user. The password must meet the password policy requirements for the system.
  4. (Optional) Type the first name and last name of the new user.
  5. Type the email address for the new user.
  6. Select the type of permissions the user is granted. User roles are incremental. More powerful roles are supersets of weaker roles.
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Are you talking about the vCenter web based appliance on port 5480? If so, I do not find anything you're talking about. Else, which web client? –  Jonathan Rioux Jan 30 '13 at 16:18
Yes, are you sure you're using 5.1? Because in 5.0 you didn't have these options - so I would verify that you are in fact running 5.0. If you did an upgrade from 5.0 to 5.1 make sure you updated your web client. Or are you just managing one ESXi server? If so, login with the vSphere Client then - 1. Click the Local Users & Groups tab and click Users. 2. Right-click anywhere in the Users table and click Add. 3. Enter a login, a user name, and a password. –  cole Jan 30 '13 at 16:26
It looks like I must use the console of the vCenter appliance to create a new user with "useradd" command. –  Jonathan Rioux Jan 30 '13 at 16:33

ESXi 5.1 is not integrated with vCenter Single Sign-On, and you cannot create ESXi users with the vSphere Web Client. You must create and manage ESXi users with the vSphere Client. vCenter Server is not aware of users that are local to ESXi. In addition, ESXi is not aware of vCenter Server users. However, you can configure Single Sign-On to use an Active Directory domain as an identity source, and configure ESXi to point to the same Active Directory domain to obtain user and group information. This action allows the same set of users to be available to the host and to vCenter Server

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Awesome copy/paste from the official VMware knowledge base without quoting! pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/… –  user1301428 Nov 18 '14 at 8:55

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