vSphere 8.0 Update 2: Introducing Azure Active Directory Federated Authentication

At the 2023 VMware Explore event in Barcelona. I was on presentation with Viviana Miranda relates to the way users authenticate to vCenter.

vSphere 8.0 Update 2 update heralds a number of groundbreaking features, with one standout enhancement in user authentication methods for vCenter. vCenter Server 8.0 Update 2 has now incorporated federated authentication capabilities with Azure Active Directory.

Dive into the details of this integration and discover how to activate it.

The Advantages of External Identity Providers

Organizations that leverage external identity providers can expect to reap substantial benefits:

- Integration with existing identity provider infrastructure to streamline processes.
- Implementation of Single Sign-On to simplify access across services.
- Adherence to the best practices of role separation between infrastructure management and identity administration.
- Utilization of robust multi-factor authentication options that come with their chosen identity providers.

Supported Identity Providers in vSphere 8.0 U2

While our focus here is the Azure Active Directory integration, it’s essential to highlight the comprehensive range of authentication methods now supported with vCenter Server 8.0 U2.

More info: https://core.vmware.com/resource/vCenterAzureADFederation#Intro

Author: Daniel Micanek

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