To manage your ESXi host remotely from a serial console, you can redirect the direct console to a serial port.

vSphere supports the VT100 terminal type and the PuTTy terminal emulator to view the direct console over the serial port.

You can redirect the direct console to a serial port in several ways.

When you redirect the direct console to a serial port by setting the boot options, the change does not persist for subsequent boots.

When you use the vSphere Client to redirect the direct console to a serial port, the boot option you set persists after subsequent reboots.

After you redirect the direct console to a serial port, you can make that setting part of the host profile that persists when you reprovision the host with Auto Deploy.