How to change the ESX Admins domain group to a different domain group for root access – ESX 5.1

In an effort to change the domain group that is granted root access in an ESXi host that is added to a windows domain I went searching for advanced settings in an ESXi 5.1 host.

I found that the Config.HostAgent.plugins.hostsvc.esxAdminsGroup advanced setting entry is set to “ESX Admins” by default.

After changing this to a domain group of my choice root access is allowed for users in that new group.

Remember this setting only applies when the ESXi Host Directory Services configuration is set to Active Directory and the host is added to a domain.