Your installation of ESXi is done and you probably wanted to connect to your new server with SSH … too bad.
SSH isn’t supported out of the box and there isn’t a button to click on to simply enable it.
But there’s a nick hack to get this working, just follow the following steps:
- On your ESXi console screen press Alt+F1
- Allthough no command prompt appears, just type unsupported (all lower case letters)
- Enter your root password, you now have found the commandprompt
- type ‘ vi /etc/inetd.conf ‘
- Scroll down until you see the line that start with ” #ssh ” you can search the contents by pressing ” / “
- Move your cursor on the ” # ” and press ” x “
- save your file by pressing ” :wq! “
- restart the management service ” /sbinservices.sh restart “
This should be it, now you should be able to ssh to your ESXi server
But … if this isn’t the case you could also try to stop your inetd process, before you reboot your server.
- ps -a | grep inetd
- kill <pid>
That should be it !