DISCLAIMER: This ‘hack’ is UNSUPPORTED and should never be used in a Production Environment – for home labs though may be useful!
Whilst experiencing an issue with a corrupt SSO installation in vSphere 5.5, I discovered a reg hack that allowed me to continue to login to a vSphere environment with domain credentials until I could resolve the existing issue with SSO. This is a simple change and involves editing the vpxd.cfg file.
- On the vCenter server navigate to vlxd.cfg file
- For Windows 2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\vpxd.cfg
- For Windows 2008: C:\ProgramData\VMware\\VMware VirtualCenter\vpxd.cfg
- For the Appliance: /etc/vmware-vpx/
- Open vpxd.cfg in a text editor
- Search for the following:
- Change ‘true’ to ‘false’ between the highlighted tags
- Restart the vCenter server