Use the direct console user interface to enable the ESXi Shell.

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.

4

Press Enter.

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 ESXi Shell is enabled. After the timeout period, if you have not logged in, the ESXi Shell is disabled.

Note

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

a

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

b

Type the timeout in minutes.

c

Press Enter.