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How to Enable SSH on ESXi 6 using vSphere Web Client ?

SSH is a secure shell which is used to connect to the Linux systems. By using SSH you can directly access the system with the root credentials & Execute commands in the system directly from any remote system. ESXi also has SSH through which you can directly connect to your ESXi hosts using secure shell & work on it. You can do many things by SSH in the ESXi hosts such as listing the system files, viewing the performance & many more. We can use Putty to use SSH. In this post I will help you with how you can easily enable the SSH on the ESXi using the vSphere Web Client.

Let’s see How to Enable SSH on ESXi Host using vSphere Web Client :-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Choose the Host on which you want to Enable & Start the SSH Access.
Click on Manage Tab.
Choose the Settings.
Click the Security Profile.
On the Right side you can see the Firewall is listed.
Click on Edit button to edit the firewall rules.


Step 2:

Find the SSH Server , Check the box & click OK to save & close.


Step 3:

Now scroll down to the Services option.
Click on Edit button to edit the services.


Step 4:
Find the SSH Service you can see that service is in Stopped State.
Choose the service.
Expand the Service Details below.
Here you can start the SSH service.
You can also set the Startup Policy for the service.
Click OK to save & close.


Now you can see that service is started & you can access the ESXi host using SSH by Putty.



You can start & stop the SSH in the same way on other ESXi hosts.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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