VCP5 – Enable Lockdown Mode

Lockdown mode blocks direct access to the ESXi host and forces all configuration to be done via the Virtual Center. This can be used to secure your VMware environment and ensure security protocols are followed.

Enabling Lockdown Mode via DCUI

  1. Log onto the ESXi host console as root
  2. Select Configure Lockdown Mode
  3. Use the spacebar to check the box and hit Enter to accept
Enabling Lockdown Mode via vSphere
  1. Open the vSphere console and select Hosts and Clusters
  2. Choose a host and click the Configuration tab
  3. Select Software | Security Profile
  4. Next to Lockdown Mode, click Edit
  5. Check the box and click OK

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