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The Users and Groups tab doesn't appear presumably because I'm connected through vCenter (ESXi 4.1). Can you:

a) authenticate via AD integration to an ESXi host directly through vCLI or vSphere client directly to the host? Doesn't appear like I can, but maybe I'm missing something.

b) any way to create an administrators user on an ESXi via vCenter/vSphere client?

Gyst of it is that I need to do updates, don't have root password (using vihostupdate via vCLI).

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With the host selected in vCenter, click the Configuration tab, then click Authentication Services. By default, you only have Local Authentication at the host level, but if you click Properties on this screen, it will bring up a window allowing you to enable Active Directory as an auth service and specify the domain to use.

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