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How to Enable ESXi Shell and SSH Using DCUI (Direct Console User Interface)?

  • By Amit
  • May 4, 2023

What is DCUI?

DCUI, stands for Direct Console User Interface, is a command-line interface that provides local access to the console of a VMware ESXi host.

The DCUI is accessed through the physical console of the server or through a remote KVM connection.
The DCUI provides a set of basic configuration and troubleshooting options that are used to manage the ESXi host. It helps in Network configuration, User management, Time configuration, System logs, and Storage configuration.
The DCUI is often used as a first point of contact for troubleshooting issues on a VMware ESXi host.

Step by Step Guide

  1. On DCUI Press “F2” and login as user “root” user.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Options.
  3. Modify ESXi Shell and SSH timeouts.
  4. Enable ESXi Shell.
  5. Enable SSH
  6. Next, Click ALT+F1 to access ESXi console.
  7. Click ALT+F2 to access ESXi DCUI.
  8. Click ALT+F11 to access the banner screen.

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