how to enable ssh in ESXi

Posted on 11:08 AM by Bharathvn

There is a hack to enable SSH for VMware ESX 3i. After reading the VMTN forum. Here is the procedure to enable SSH

- Boot ESXi and wait till the till"loaded

- Press ALT-F1, you see the console screen

- Type unsupported and press ENTER

- Enter the root password

- Enter the following command vi /etc/inetd.conf

- Search for the #SSH row

- Remove the # from the SSH row

- Save the config by entering :wq!

- Type ps | grep inetd on the console

- Send a hangup signal by using the following command kill -s HUP

Open now your favorite SSH client (for example Putty) and SSH to the VMware 3i server.