How to Enable SSH in ESXi – VMware

By default you cannot SSH in VMware ESXi. Follow the steps below to enable SSH on ESXi

1. On ESXi server’s administration window where you see <F2> Configure and <F12> Shutdown/Restart options, prese ALT+F1 to enter into CLI mode

2. type  unsupported then enter.

3. on password type unsupported (if you haven’t set any password otherwise use the one which you have set) hit enter

4. Now on CLI prompt go to directory /etc

# cd /etc

5. Open config file called inetd.conf and go to the line where it show #SSH, remove # then save this file and exit

# vi inetd.conf

6. Run following command

# ps -a | grep inetd

7. which shows process id 1234 (this process id would be different for each server)

8. Kill that process

# kill 1234

9. Run inetd command


Open SSH and login to your ESXi server.




Enable SSH for ESXi


2 Responses to How to Enable SSH in ESXi – VMware

  1. Anonymous says:

    great i did it on production environment and everything goes fine

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