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Versions of Active Directory supported in vCenter Server (2071592)

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Purpose

This article provides information on vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On and the VMware Platform Services Controller interoperability with Active Directory versions based on the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain functional level, not on the Windows Server operating system on which Active Directory is running. Customer can upgrade their Active Directory environments and change their Active Directory functionality level without having to upgrade their vSphere environment.

Resolution

This table describes the supported Domain Functionality levels required for versions of VirtualCenter and vCenter Server for user authentication with Active Directory to function. See the notes where applicable.


Domain Functional Level
Windows 2000 native Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2
vCenter Server Version 1.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
No4
No4
2.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
No4
No4
4.0
Yes3
Yes Yes Yes No4
No4
4.1
Yes3
Yes Yes Yes No4
No4
5.0
Yes3
Yes Yes Yes Yes No4
5.1 No
Yes2
Yes Yes Yes
Yes6
5.5 No
Yes2
Yes Yes
Yes1
Yes5
6.0 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
6.5 No No  Yes Yes Yes Yes

Notes:
  1. For more information on a known issue affecting vCenter Server 5.5, see Active Directory authentication fails when vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 runs on Windows Server 2012 and the AD Domain Controller is also on Windows Server 2012 (2060901).

  2. To use the Active Directory identity source (vSphere 5.1), the Active Directory as an LDAP Server identity source (vSphere 5.5) or the Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) identity source (vSphere 5.5), a Windows Server 2003 domain functionality level is required. For more information, see About Identity Sources section in the vSphere 5.1 Security Guide.

  3. For more information on a known issue affecting vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.0, see Installing vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.0 on a Windows 2008 R2 system fails (1025668).

  4. When this article was published, most recent revisions of vCenter Server was released before the release of the Domain Functionality level. Due to this vCenter Server version is untested to run on the Active Directory Domain Functionality Level.

  5. As of vSphere 5.5 Update 1, this Active Directory Domain Functionality Level is now supported.

  6. As of vSphere 5.1 Update 3, this Active Directory Domain Functionality Level is now supported.

Additional Information

For information related to VMware ESXi, see Versions of Active Directory supported in VMware ESXi (2113023).

For related information, see the Microsoft TechNet article Understanding Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Functional Levels.
 
Note: The preceding link was correct as of February 7, 2014. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

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Update History

2/6/2017- Updated 6.5 info in the table.

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