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LLE10158 : Howto get on your VMware ESX over sshd / Putty

Symptom:

No Connection to VMware ESX server over WinSCP or Putty: "connection refused"

Cause:

By Design: under normal conditions, all you need is your VM Infrastructure Client

Solution:

This is for the folks, who want or need to get deeper into their VMware server, so make sure you know what you´re doing...

By default, VMware ESX server is "sealed" so that no connection is possible besides VMware Infrastructure Client, the console and the web-frontend.

In order to get yourself a remote shell or to copy files from and to the ESX machine, you need to open the system:

  • On your console, open your command shell with <Alt> <F1> and press <Enter> to get to the login-prompt. Login with your root account.
  • change to directory /etc/ssh
  • edit your ssh configuration with: nano etc/ssh/sshd_config
  • change the setting "PermitRootLogin" from "no" to "yes"
  • restart your ssh deamon: /etc/init.d/sshd restart

 


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