VMware's KB's on this are not helping, I cannot find what I need for my exact situation: I am locked out of vSphere, but can login locally to the ESXi host at the console (physically, standing at the KVM) EDIT: I just found out this is called the DCUI. I have enabled SSH and the ESXi shell, but cannot login to either one of them either. What are my options here? I believe what happened is my predecessor setup vCSA 6 on this host (and set vCenter to manage the host itself, thus locking it), but I am not sure since I cannot get into either. Thank you.

  • VMware's KB's on this are not helping - That statement is kind of meaningless to us. Without knowing which KB's you're referring to we can't possibly hazard a guess as to why they're "not working". It sounds like the host is in lockdown mode. Have you looked at/tried this: kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/… – joeqwerty Feb 17 '17 at 19:43
  • They are just so many KB's, but yeah the host was in Lockdown. I got it figured out. – KidACrimson Feb 18 '17 at 2:27
  • If you want to post as an answer I will mark it as the answer, thanks. – KidACrimson Feb 18 '17 at 2:28
  • Was the host in lockdown mode? Were you able to resolve the issue? – joeqwerty Feb 18 '17 at 2:30
  • Yes, it was just in lockdown mode. I disabled lockdown mode via the DCUI and was able to login. Thanks again! – KidACrimson Feb 18 '17 at 15:01

It sounds like the host is in lockdown mode. If so, you'll need to disable lockdown mode. Refer to this article on the procedure:


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