HowTo: Enable SSH on vSphere ESXi 5.0

Back in 2010 and I wrote a quick article on How To: Enable Remote Tech Support mode and SSH on ESXi 4.1. A few people have posted comments asking if I could do the same now that vSphere/ESXi 5.0 has been released. The actual steps haven’t really changed, however Remote Tech Support mode is now just simply called SSH.  The steps listed below explain how to enable SSH on an ESXi 5.0 host.

  1. Login to vCenter
  2. Select your host
  3. Click the configuration tab
  4. Select Security Profile under Software
  5. Click Properties for Services
  6. Select SSH and click options
  7. Choose the startup policy that you require
  8. Click Start
  9. Click OK and OK
  10. SSH to your host

Once enabled you will notice that the host within vCenter has a warning being shown.  When selecting that host, and looking under the summary, vCenter alerts you to the fact that SSH is enabled.

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4 Responses to HowTo: Enable SSH on vSphere ESXi 5.0

  1. Hank February 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    And how to deactivate this aleart?

  2. Maish February 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Change the UserVars.SuppressShellWarning setting from 0 to 1

  3. Hank February 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    great, THX


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