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.

You can redirect the direct console to either of the serial ports com1 or com2. When you use the vSphere Client to redirect the direct console to a serial port, the boot option that you set persists after subsequent reboots.

You can manage the ESXi host remotely from a console that is connected to the serial port by redirecting the direct console to either of the serial ports com1 or com2. When you use the vSphere Web Client to redirect the direct console to a serial port, the boot option that 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.