You can enable and disable normal lockdown mode from the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). You can enable and disable strict lockdown mode only from the vSphere Client.
- Accounts in the Exception Users list who have administrator privileges on the host. The Exception Users list is meant for service accounts such as a backup agent.
- Users defined in the
DCUI.Accessadvanced option for the host. This option can be used to enable access in a catastrophic failure.
User permissions are preserved when you enable lockdown mode. User permissions are restored when you disable lockdown mode from the Direct Console Interface.
Note: If you upgrade a host that is in lockdown mode to ESXi version 6.0 without exiting lockdown mode, and if you exit lockdown mode after the upgrade, all permissions defined before the host entered lockdown mode are lost. The system assigns the administrator role to all users who are found in the
DCUI.Accessadvanced option to guarantee that the host remains accessible.
To retain permissions, disable lockdown mode for the host from the vSphere Client before the upgrade.
- At the Direct Console User Interface of the host, press F2 and log in.
- Scroll to the Configure Lockdown Mode setting and press Enter to toggle the current setting.
- Press Esc until you return to the main menu of the Direct Console User Interface.