Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) via SSH

It is possible to open the DCUI (Direct Console User Interface) via SSH – using putty for example:

Open a putty to your ESXi Host (it is necessary to enable SSH – you can find a “how-to” below) and run the command “dcui”:

… now you can use the good old shell:

If you want the known yellow/grey skin just run the following command before starting the dcui:

export TERM=linux

How to enable SSH on your ESXi Host:

1. open Virtual Center – select the ESXi Host and “Configuration” Tab
2. select “Security Profile”
3. now doubleclick SSH in the “Services Properties” window
4. start the SSH service

4 Comments

  1. Mike Brown

    That is the coolest thing I’ve seen all day. Thanks!

  2. Toto

    Cool but how do you press F2 from Putty?

  3. Andreas

    @Toto: there is no problem to press F2. Did you try it?

  4. Amir Safayan

    Once in the dcui – you can press control-c to break the dcui and go back to the shell.

    Amir

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