Connect to VMware ESXi 6.5

This is PART 3 of this series of these post about installation and configuration of esxi 6.5 hypervisor. If you have missed the first article in the series, it’s here: Installing VMware ESXi 6.5

This article we’ll show different methods to connect to an ESXi 6.5 host, to perform basic tasks, monitoring and manage it.

  • HTML5

After host reboot is completed, we can access it through web interface, new html5 esxi 6.5 interface using https://fqdn_of_your_ESXi/ui  or  https://IP_of_your_ESXi/ui .  Enter root username and password that we configured during the installation.

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After you login, you should see the interface for the host, where we can monitor, configure and manage this host.

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  • VMware vSphere Client

Note: The vSphere Client is no longer available starting with vSphere 6.5, because VMware has now depreciated it with the release of vSphere 6.5 and new HTML5 interface. But yet, the vSphere Client is a very used interface, for managing host and vCenter. It uses Flash player. First you must download it, here you can find all links for it: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2089791

After you install, open it and enter IP address of the host, root username and password you provided for it, during the installation.

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Please Ignore the ssl warning and you will see the Home view. Click on Inventory to see the host and options to manage it.

 

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  • SSH access

Another way that you will use often is SSH to the host, but first you must open a SSH access to the server, the service must be running.  So can do this by different ways, from a vSphere client, from HTML5 gui or through DCUI.

From the DCUI, you enter and navigate to “Troubleshooting Mode Options“, go down to Enable SSH and press Enter. That’s it.

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Or from vSphere Client, go to Configuration Tab, under Software click Security Profile and Properties.

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Find the SSH service and click Options.

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Choose “Start and stop with host” options and Start it. Now SSH service of the host is running.

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For remote access we will use a free open-source tool, most common used, PUTTY.  Enter IP address or host name, port 22 and Open

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This is a security warning of ssl key fingerprint of the host you are connecting, so click Yes to continue.

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Enter root as your username and password for the user. After successful credentials you are now logged in host, where you can perform different command using esxcli command and a lot of other manage/configure commands.

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These are all the different ways in which you can access your ESXi host.

Thank you!

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