ESXi - How to enable SSH

To enable SSH you will need to do the following,

  1. In the ESXi console press ALT+F1
  2. Type unsupported(as you type you will not see anything on the screen)
  3. Enter the root password
  4. Edit the file /etc/inetd.conf and find the line which has #ssh and remove the #.
  5. Then Type /sbin/ restart

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