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How to Enable SSH in VMware ESXi 5.x and 6.x

Summary: Enabling SSH on VMware ESXi hosts 5.x and 6.x

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Article Summary: This article provides information on how to enable SSH in VMware ESXi 5.x.

  • Connect to vCenter or your standalone host via the vSphere Client
  • Click on the host in the left pane
  • Click on the 'Configuration' tab on the right
  • Click on 'Security Profile' located underneath the 'Software' header on the right
  • Click on 'Properties' in the upper right hand corner on the same line as 'Services'
  • Scroll down until you find 'SSH' and click on it
  • Click on the 'Options' button
    • Click the 'Start' button
    • If you are enabling SSH temporarily, you can go back and click on 'Stop' when you are finished
    • For future usage, you can enable one of the two other options available, besides manual :
      • "Start automatically if any ports are open, and stop when all ports are closed"
      • "Start and stop with host"


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Affected Product

Servers, PowerEdge, VMware ESXi, VMware ESXi 5.x, VMware ESXi 6.5.X, VMware ESXi 6.7.X, VMware ESXi 6.x

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021



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