vSphere 5.1 Single Sign On (SSO) Configuration – Architectural Decision flowchart

The below is the second architectural decision flowchart in my new series and covers a new feature in vSphere 5.1, Single Sign On.

There has been a lot of discussion around “Best Practices” for SSO, I have taken the approach of creating this flowchart with as many scenarios as possible.

I would recommend that you validate any configuration the flowchart results in is suitable for your environment prior to implementing into production.

The flowchart is designed to be used as a guide only, not a definitive decision making resource.

This also compliments some of my previous example architectural decisions which are shown in the related topics section below.

A special thanks to Michael Webster (VCDX#66) @vcdxnz001 & James Wirth (VCDX#83)@JimmyWally81 for their review and contributions to this flowchart.

SSO flowchart V1.0

Related Articles

1. Example Architectural Decision – SSO deployment mode over Active/Active Datacenters

2. vCenter Single Sign-On – Part 1: What is vCenter Single Sign-On?  – By Justin King @vCenterguy

3. vCenter Single Sign-on Part 2 – Deployment options – By Justin King @vCenterguy

4. vCenter Single Sign-on Part 3 – Availability  – By Justin King @vCenterguy

5. vCenter Single SIgn-On – Part 4: Pre Install Requirements – By Justin King @vCenterguy

6. Disabling vSphere 5.1 Single Sign-on – Long White Virtual Clouds – By Michael Webster @vcdxnz001

7. VMware KB: Multisite Single Sign-On deployment best practices

8. Where is the Best Practice Guide for SSO? | VMware Support Insider By 

3 thoughts on “vSphere 5.1 Single Sign On (SSO) Configuration – Architectural Decision flowchart

  1. Pingback: vCenter Single Sign On aka SSO, what do I recommend?

    • Hi Scott, Unfortunately not. I might do a follow up for vSphere 6.0, I would advise you skip 5.5 if possible, or at least for the management components.