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
    :wq
    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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