The Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) allows you to interact with the host locally using text-based menus. You can use the Direct Console User Interface to enable local and remote access to the ESXi Shell.

Note

Changes made to the host using the Direct Console User Interface, the vSphere Client, ESXCLI, or other administrative tools are committed to permanent storage every hour or upon graceful shutdown. Changes might be lost if the host fails before they are committed.

1

From the Direct Console User Interface, press F2 to access the System Customization menu.

2

Select Troubleshooting Options and press Enter.

3

From the Troubleshooting Mode Options menu, select a service to enable.

Enable ESXi Shell

Enable SSH

4

Press Enter to enable the service.

5

(Optional) Set the timeout for the ESXi Shell.

By default, the timeout for the ESXi Shell is 0 (disabled).

The timeout setting is the number of minutes that can elapse before you must log in after the ESXi Shell is enabled. After the timeout period, if you have not logged in, the shell is disabled.

Note

If you are logged in when the timeout period elapses, your session will persist. However, the ESXi Shell will be disabled, preventing other users from logging in.

a

From the Troubleshooting Mode Options menu, select Modify ESXi Shell timeout and press Enter.

b

Enter the timeout in minutes.

c

Press Enter.

6

Press Esc until you return to the main menu of the Direct Console User Interface.