How to enable SSH and ESXi Shell from vSphere Client

Requirements:

Tested on ESXi 5.5 and 6.0
vSphere client version 6.0
OS Windows 8
Putty for SSH access
Assuming that you have root privileges/account on your ESXi Server.

 

Steps:

  1. Login to your vSphere client.
  2. Click the ESXi server on the left panel, it is usually the IP of your server.
  3. Go to Configuration tab, click Security Profile under Software section, then click Properties in Services.
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  4. Select SSH, then click Options..

  5. Select your desired Start-up Policy. For this example, let’s use Start and Stop manually, then click Start. Then click OK.

  6. Do the same for ESXi Shell, select it then click Options..

  7. Select your desired Start-up Policy. Again, for this example, let’s use Start and Stop manually, then click Start. Then click OK.
  8. You can now login to your ESXi Shell via SSH.

 

 

Note: ESXi shell is disabled by default for security reasons. If you don’t need the ssh access, I would recommend to disable it.

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