Snipped this from: https://virtuallylg.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/vsphere-5-5-how-to-add-domain-users-to-sso/
So you’ve installed your ESX servers and installed vCenter along with its SSO, Inventory Services and Web Client, you’ve even installed the Windows vSphere UI just because that’s what you’re used to and now when you’re connecting to your new environment your getting a “You do not have permission to login to this server”
So with this new version of vSphere you need to enable access for your domain users/groups so that they have access to vCenter.
To get you up and running fast follow these simple steps. for best practices configuring SSO please reference the VMware documentation.
1. Login to the Web client “https://client-hostname:9443/vsphere-client” with firstname.lastname@example.org using the password of what ever you configured SSO password as. *Note you can only configure SSO using the Web Client*
2. Navigate to vCenter Servers > Manage > Permissions, click on the + to add a user
3. Now add your Domain user or group that you would like to have access to vCenter along with the permissions required and click on OK.
4. Try and login with the user you just configured and you should now have access to the Web client or the Windows vSphere UI.
Installing vmware EXSI 5.5 free i came across a problem on my HP XW6600, after the installation finished and the system rebooted. the only message i saw was “Non-System Disk or disk error …”, this error is because of lack of UEFI support on the XW6600, therefore the EXSI 5.x installer needs to be told to use MBR boot instead of UEFI boot..
When booting the installer you get the opportunity to press SHIFT+O to edit the boot options.
Then write at the prompt: formatwithmbr (remember to make a space between the runweasel and formatwithmbr)
Then follow the normal EXSI install and the XW6600 should boot withoput any problems.
06-01-2018: instead of using the below guide Install Open VM Tools: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2073803
Install the tools for building VMware tools on the host:
$ aptitude update
$ aptitude install gcc make
$ aptitude install build-essential
$ aptitude install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Press the Install vmware tools in vSpehere Client for the VM.
Copy the VMware tools to the VM:
$ mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
$ cp /mnt/VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz /opt/
$ cd /opt
$ tar xfzv VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz
Install VMware tools:
$ cd vmware-tools-distrib/
$ perl vmware-install.pl
Next follow the installation instructions on the screen.
Then reboot the virtual machine and check the VMware Tools is running, by checking the status in the virtual machine with the vSphere client.
you can check locally on the VM that the tool is running by doing the following command:
$ service vmware-tools status
vmtoolsd is running
After installing a Ubuntu on my EXSI Server i strugglede with installing Vmware tools i found this paper on vmware.com
Installing VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine (1022525)