Q. How do I enable Secure Shell (SSH) access to ESX?

A. To enable remote access to ESX via SSH, go to the ESX console, press Alt-F1, and log in. (To get back to the default ESX screen, press Alt-F11.)

  1. Type the command
    vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  2. Modify the PermitRootLogin from no to yes. Use the Delete key to delete the no, press Insert, then type "yes."
  3. Press the ESC key, enter
    then press Enter.
  4. Restart sshd using the command
    service sshd restart

If you're looking for a good SSH client for Windows, I recommend PuTTY.

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