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VMware vSphere 5.5 Web Client authentication fails with ‘cannot connect to the vCenter Single Sign On server.’

Written August 28th, 2015 by
Categories: Virtualization
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Earlier this week we were greeted with this awesome message:

It’s so descriptive we knew exactly where to start! Okay, yeah, not really. Sarcasm aside, you’d think the culprit would be SSO. I began checking the two SSO servers we have in an HA configuration and they appeared fine. What’s even more strange is the fat clients were all authenticating fine. I started checking logs on the SSO servers and saw several things similar to this:

2015-08-25 23:20:49,538 INFO [ActiveDirectoryProvider] Failed to find user snip@snipPrincipal id not found: {Name: snip, Domain: snip} via ldap search
2015-08-26 00:29:37.709:t@21945040:ERROR: ldap simple bind failed. Error(4294967295)

So I assumed it was SSO again, maybe related to the domain we auth against.

Great! So now what?

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How to create a database for vCenter Single Sign On using SQL Express 2008 R2

I jumped right into the installation of vSphere 5.1 when it went GA a few days ago, and like most was surprised with the requirement to install vCenter Single Sign On (I’ll call it vCSSO from here). I think it’s great, but had several issues during the first few installation attempts, all around the database.

I did not want to use a locally installed SQL server, so I created a database on the same instance as my lab vCloud Director database. From there, I used the sql scripts that are included with the installation media (ISO\Single Sign On\DBScripts\SSOServer\schema\mssql). You do have to edit some of the sql files, though, but it’s simple. For instance, in rsaIMSLiteMSSQLSetupUsers.sql you simply need to set a Str0ngp@ssw0rd! and in rsaIMSLiteMSSQLSetupTablespaces.sql you need to specify where to place the database files.

I figured I’d step through creating the database using both routes, and even bypass the strong password requirement. Keep in mind, this is for home labs and likely not ‘best practice’ for the enterprise. Lets see how it goes…


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