How To Enable and Disable SSH on VMware vSphere 6.5

How To Enable and Disable SSH on VMware vSphere 6.5


In this blog post, I’ll show you How To Enable and Disable SSH on VMware vSphere 6.5 to VMware ESXi hosts using the new HTML 5 User Interface.

Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol that allows us to manage connected hosts and services over secure and unsecured networks.

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SSH provides a secure channel over an unsecured network in a client-server architecture and comes with two major versions, SSH-1 and SSH-2 VMware is using the latest because it’s more secure.

Most of the systems that use the SSH protocol are Linux and Unix however In 2015, Microsoft announced that they would include native support for SSH on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.

Initially, SSH was designed to replacement Telnet and for unsecured remote shell protocols such as the Berkeley rlogin, rsh, and rexec protocols which are no longer In use In modern networks.

Because VMware Core Hypervisor Is based on Linux, we could manage it using SSH and as of version 6.5 some administrative tasks require us to SSH only and are not available from the vSphere and the emergency console.

By default, SSH Is disabled on the host and we must enable it manually via the vSphere client.

To get started, log in to vSphere and click on the cluster -> Configure -> Services

Locate SSH on the list of services and click on Edit and set the Service to start

In the start-up, policy set the service to Start and stop with host and click Ok.

Note: If the other options are more suitable for your organization they are OK as well.

Once done, go to the Firewall page and make sure that the port Is open


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