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Enable SSH in VMware ESXi Server

One of the things that annoyed in VMware ESXi Server is the lack of SSH support.   By default, VMware ESXi Server does not support SSH. But it is there in the operating system, Its just not enabled.   

Here is the steps to make SSH turn on in your VMware ESXi Server :

  1. Get on the console of the ESXi server.
  2. Press ALT-F1 to get to the OS system console
  3. Type “unsupported”
  4. Enter the root password at the password prompt.
  5. Edit /etc/inetd.conf with vi, and uncomment the SSH line
  6. Run:  kill -1 $(cat /var/run/

Thats all.. Now you can SSH to your ESXi Server..

Labels: Quick HOWTO, SSH, Tips, VMware

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