I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a windows administrator. However, I do know a good thing when I see it. I don’t care for a good number of things Microsoft does (Internet Explorer….), however AD is one of the best things they’ve done, well ever.
Not only can I utilize AD logins for web apps (of any language…php, python, perl, etc), but ESX’s console operating system plays quite nicely with AD as well.
VMware has published a document about how to get it working here. However, it’s quite easy: