I have written about using JXplorer before which is a free LDAP browser utility that can connect to vCenter SSO's vmdird (VMware Directory Service) which you can find more details here. In vSphere 6.0, there are a couple of minor changes you will need to be aware of if you need to connect to SSO which is now located in the Platform Services Controller. The first change is that port 11711 is no longer used and has now changed to 389 when performing a fresh install of vSphere 6.0, else the port will be preserved as noted in the comments section. The second change when using JXplorer to connect to the vmdird is that BaseDN property is no longer needed and if you try to specify it, you will not be able to connect.
Here are the updated instructions to connect to vmdird in vSphere 6.0 which is now located in the PSC or in an embedded deployment.
Disclaimer: Please take extreme caution when connecting to the vmdird database, this is primary for educational purposes. You should take extreme care in making changes while in the database else you can negatively impact your environment.
Host: Hostname/IP Address of PSC
Level: User + Password
User DN: cn=Administrator,cn=Users,dc=vghetto,dc=local
User DN: SSO Admin Password
In addition, I also wanted to also mention a couple more tidbits that could come in handy when connecting directly to the vmdird, especially in a troubleshooting scenario. The first is finding the SSO Domain Name which is displayed by expanding the tree, in my environment it is called vghetto.local and the second is finding the SSO Site Name which is under "Configuration->Sites" which can be seen in the screenshot below.
On top of that, if you wish to find all deployed PSC's, you can do so by expanding "Configuration->Sites->Servers" and by expanding each of those sub-entries you can also see if they are replicating to other PSC's.
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 1: What install & deployment parameters did I use?
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 3: Finding all deployed Platform Services Controller
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 4: Finding all deployed vCenter Servers
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 5: New method of patching the VCSA
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 6: Customizing VCSA’s DCUI
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 7: Connecting to SSO/PSC using JExplorer
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 8: Useful ldapsearch queries for vmdird
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 9: Creating & managing SSO users using dir-cli
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 10: Automating SSO Admin configurations
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 11: Automate SSO Admin password change
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 12: New methods of downloading Support Bundles for VCSA / PSC