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Setting up sudo with Active Directory accounts (1027766)

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  • Using the Active Directory integration function in VMware ESX 4.1, you cannot use the sudo command to view logs
  • The user is logged as DOMAIN\user_name


This article provides a procedure to set up sudo with active directory accounts by adding Active Directory groups into the /etc/sudoers file.


To add Active Directory groups to the sudoer file:
Note: In this procedure replace MYDOMAIN with your domain name and the group called ESX_Admins with the group name containing your Administrator accounts (MYDOMAIN\ESX Admins ).
  1. SSH to the host with root credentials
  2. Change directory to /etc: 

    cd /etc

  3. Backup the sudoers file:

    cp sudoers sudoers.orig

  4. Open the /etc/sudoers file in a text editor.
  5. Uncomment %wheel in one of the following lines depending on the intended behavior desired:

    ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
    # %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

    ## Same thing without a password
    # %wheel ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL 

  6. Add your domain and group under the %wheel identifier:

    For example:
    • %MYDOMAIN\\ESX\ Admins ALL = (ALL) ALL
    • %MYDOMAIN\\Active\ Directory\ Admin ALL = (ALL) ALL

      : The \ in the above examples is used to escape the spaces in the names ESX Admins and Active Directory Admin .

  7. Save and quit the /etc/sudoers file.
  • Run this command to list the groups and save it into a groups.txt file in the /var/log/ directory:

    # lw-lsa enum-groups > /var/log/groups.txt

  • If you are not prompted for password, you may need to restart the server.

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