Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance shell for troubleshooting purposes only.


Access the appliance shell using one of the following methods.

If you have direct access to the appliance, press Alt+F1.

If you want to connect remotely, use SSH or another remote console connection to start a session to the appliance.


Enter a user name and password recognized by the appliance.


In the appliance shell, enter the command pi shell or shell to access the Bash shell.