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Vmware enable SSH

If you want to do advanced features in VMware ESXi you will need to go into the core of ESXi to do this you can use Secure Shell or SSH. SSH is simplar to telnet but the data is encypted.
To enable SSH on VMware ESXi you need to enter an the ‘unsupported’ mode.
Step 1. At the physical console of the ESXi server press the Alt+F1 key combination.
Step 2. Type ‘unsupported’ and then press . Note that nothing will appear on the screen whilst you type.
Step 3. When prompted enter in the ‘Root’ password and press .
Step 4. You will now be presented with a prompt on the console. From this prompt type the following command
vi /etc/inetd.conf
Step 5. vi (the file editor) has now opened the inetd.conf file. Using the direction arrows scroll through the lines until you reach the line that has ‘#ssh’ and remove the hash (ie: #). This is effectively un-commenting this line so that the ssh service can be started.
Step 6. Now that you have made this minor file you want to save this change and exit out of the editor (vi). To do this press the ESC key (to put vi back into Command Mode) and then type ‘:wq’ *Note: If you want to exit without saving any changes to the file then just press the ESC key (Command Mode) and then type ‘:q!’.
Step 7. With the SSH service now un-commented from this file we need to restart out ESXi box to do this type in Reboot.


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