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VMware vSphere - Can't install VMware Tools

Are you running into the issue where you click VM->Guest->Install/Upgrade VMware tools? I have found that if I try creating a VM with the VMXNETv3 adapter and am using an older version of Windows, the DVD drivers aren't picked up properly and VMware tools won't install.

That being said, the only way I have found to get things working is to manually install VMware tools... yep! You VMware does offer the ability to download any version of VMware tool's ISO files.
Head on over to http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html and download the version you would like and simply mount the tools as you would with any other disk. For whatever reason, mounting the disk manually by clicking on the "Disk with a wrench icon" and selecting an ISO connected to my local machine, seems to work and gets me back in business.

Hope this helps!

VMWare Lockdown Mode

Here is how to enable it:

To enable Lockdown mode via console:
Log in directly to the ESXi host.
Open DCUI on the host.
Press F2 for Initial Setup.
Toggle the Configure Lockdown Mode setting.

To enable Lockdown mode via vSphere:
Log in to vSphere
Click on the Home->Inventory->Hosts and Clusters
Click on the host you want to manage
Click on the Configuration manager
Click on "Security Profile" on the left side
Click the Edit... link next to Lockdown Mode
Enable it!