Symptom: When adding a host to your vCenter Datacenter, you receive the following error:
Permission to perform this operation was denied. You do not hold privilege “System > View” on folder””
Resolution: Make sure you have not enabled Lockdown mode on the host. To change the setting, use the direct console user interface (DCUI), and press F2. Login with your credentials and arrow down to Configure Lockdown Mode and hit enter. Make sure this option is disabled (unchecked) when the prompt opens. With Lockdown Mode disabled, try adding the host to vCenter.
Additionally, make sure that you can fully resolve the DNS name to the actual ESXi host. If the DNS entry does not exist or points to an invalid ESXi host, the warning will be prompted as well.
If you still have issues, you can try restarting the Management Agents using the troubleshooting menu. Use the DCUI, press F2, login with your credentials, and arrow down to Troubleshooting Options and press Enter. Arrow down to Restart Management Agents and hit enter. This will restart some of the ESXi services on the host and should allow it to connect to vCenter.