Although you perform most ESX configuration activities through the vSphere Client, you use the service console command-line interface when you configure certain security features. Using the command-line interface requires that you log in to the host.

1

Log in to the ESX host using one of the following methods.

If you have direct access to the host, press Alt+F2 to open the login page on the machine's physical console.

If you are connecting to the host remotely, use SSH or another remote console connection to start a session on the host.

2

Enter a user name and password recognized by the ESX host.

If you are performing activities that require root privileges, log in to the service console as a recognized user and acquire root privileges through the sudo command, which provides enhanced security compared to the su command.

In addition to ESX-specific commands, you can use the service console command-line interface to run many Linux and UNIX commands. For more information about service console commands, use the man command_name command to check for man pages.