Enable SSH for VMware ESX 3i

There is a hack to enable SSH for VMware ESX 3i. Here is the procedure to enable SSH

– Boot ESXi and wait till the till"loaded

– Press ALT-F1, you see the console screen

– Type unsupported and press ENTER

– Enter the root password

– Enter the following command vi /etc/inetd.conf

– Search for the #SSH row

– Remove the # from the SSH row

– Save the config by entering :wq!

– Type ps | grep inetd on the console

– Send a hangup signal by using the following command: kill -s HUP <PID>

Open now your favorite SSH client (for example Putty) and SSH to the VMware ESXi server.

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