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VMware Virtual Appliance Cannot Join Domain

This is a very simple problem to fix, when you build your new virtual appliance from OVF, one of the question you are asked is the host name of your new Virtual Appliance. Lets say in my example it is VCAPP. Once it is built you then try and configure it for active directory authentication only to see the following error.

Error Invalid Hostname FQDN is required for joining domainError Invalid Hostname FQDN is required for joining domain

Remember how during the build I called my Virtual Appliance VCAPP? The issues is I dont not give it the full FQDN on my domain, most people presume like windows machines that the FQDN will be added. To change log into the Virtual Appliance on port 5400 and then select Network > Address and change the host name accordingly as seen below.

vmware virtual appliance active directory


Now when you go to select active directory authentication you will be able to successfully enable it.


Tags: Virtual appliance

Allen White

Allen is an IT Consultant and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5, 6 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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