I’ve been looking for the lockdown option in ESX 3.5 for a few of hours these last couple of days and can’t seem to find it. In ESX 3i you can easily put it in lockdown mode when you add the host to the Cluster or afterwards here in the configuration/security section:
After a search on the internet is seemed I wasn’t the only that could not find the lockdown mode for 3.5. Viktor van den Berg opened a topic about it on the Dutch VMUG forum and decided to phone VMware about it… There answer was short, it’s not in 3.5 and it should have been. I guess it got lost in cyberspace.
For those who never heard of the lockdown mode:
VirtualCenter 2.5 provides administrators with the option to disable direct remote access to ESX Server 3 hosts as a root user after VirtualCenter 2.5 has taken control of a given host. This is called “lockdown mode.” Enabling this mode ensures that the host is managed only through VirtualCenter 2.5. Certain limited management tasks can still be performed while in lockdown mode by logging in to the local console on the host as a non-root user.
I guess we just have to wait for the upcoming patches.