Use the vSphere Web Client to enable local and remote access to the ESXi Shell.

1

Browse to the host in the vSphere Web Client inventory.

2

Click the Manage tab and click Settings.

3

Under System, select Security Profile.

4

In the Services panel, click Edit.

5

Select a service from the list.

ESXi Shell

SSH

Direct Console UI

6

Click Service Details and select the startup policy Start and stop manually.

When you select Start and stop manually, the service does not start when you reboot the host. If you want the service to start when you reboot the host, select Start and stop with host.

7

Select Start to enable the service.

8

Click OK.

Set the availability and idle timeouts for the ESXi Shell.