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We recommend using the root account for ESX monitoring. If the root account is not available, you can add an up.time user with the following instructions: 

  1. SSH login to the ESX system as root. 
  2. Create your up.time user: \n> > adduser –p PASSWORD uptime 
  3. Edit /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml as shown below. You will need to: 
    • add the stanza for the new user (copy it from the vpxuser stanza and change the id and ACEDataId) 
    • increase the NextAceId value. ha-folder-root 10 false true -1 root ha-folder-root 11 false true -1 vpxuser ha-folder-root 12 false true -1 uptime 13 
  4. Restart vmware-hostd: \n> > /etc/init.d/mgmt-vmware stop \n> > /etc/init.d/mgmt-vmware start 
  5. Wait about 5 minutes for hostd to restart. 
  6. Add your ESX system to up.time.