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I tried googling but didn't find anything.

Basically, someone assisgned the Read-Only role to the users group in our virtual machines and locked everybody out.

As you know, the most restrictive permissions take presedence in VM.

Any ideas how I can override this?
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You might want to try logging into the host server as root user and changing permissions.
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im assuming that your using AD to authenticate (vcenter or in esx 4.1) why dont you create a dummy user in active directory thats only in the administrators group and not in users, this will get rid of the problem for your most restrictive permissions issue.

its worth a shot
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Ok I will try

Yes using AD permissions not local permissions.
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I created another user without any users in the membership inheritence.

Still had the same problem.

Am I doing something wrong?
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Can you connect your vSphere client directly to the host ESX server and log in as the root user?
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try this:

if this is virtual center (vCenter) then try to authenticate to it using a local user that is part of the local administrators group only, like in the image
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Like I mentioned in the very first post. Can you connect to the host as root?
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Yup it's VCenter but that did not work.

I created test user and added it to the local administrators group only. No luck

I even tried creating an AD user and removed domain users and added a groups with rights within that VMachine but not with any "users" membership. Still no luck.

Any other ideas? What about this?
http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/819-Locked-out-of-vCenter.html
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Yes I can connect to the ESX server as host (not the vcenter because it's running server 2003)
I login as root which has administrator role.
I can perform all actions.

Like I asked though. Is this a workaround or is their something I can do once I'm in? We use VCenter for administration so I can't ask everybody to start logging into individual servers to access certain machines. That defeats the purpose of VCenter.

Any ideas?  What about this link? http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/819-Locked-out-of-vCenter.html
Only problem is I don't know how to access the vpxd.cfg file after shutting it down or where in the config file I need to edit.
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On the vCenter server make sure the account is the local admin and give it a try.

If you don't have custom settings in vCenter you could just uninstall and re-install, add the hosts back in and recreate cluster and permissions correctly.  Should take less then an hour.
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Chk,
How do I change active directory permissions via loggin in as root?
It only allows me to change local accounuts like root exc.
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Snyderkv, my apologies.  I didn't quite understand the problem.  Here is a VMware KB article stating how to change the permissions back by modifying the SQL Table.  It's nearly the same process as in the link you provided.
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1005680
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Ok sweet now were talkin

I'll get back
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Also, the vpxd.cfg file is located at the following path on the vCenter server.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
As to where to insert the security line, I'm not sure
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looks like I'm going to have to dig deeper for the vpxd.cfg fix. I don't have the sql management studio on the Vcenter. I tried installing workstation components but it said it was already installed.

 
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You can install management stiudio and connect to the database on the vcenter server
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sql management studio should be installed on the SQL server.  OR is the database installed local on vCenter?
The vpxd file is at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\vpxd.cfg.
You'll need to stop at least the VirtualCenter Server service before modifying it.  Like I said above, I'm not really sure where to edit it. I don't think it makes a difference.  Just make a copy of the file as a backup, just in case.
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Ah ok I had to install the SqlRun_Tools.msi in order to install the management studio.

The document was easy to follow after that.

Thanks

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