ESXi remote console access

UPDATE (March 16, 2011):There is no need in this trick starting from the ESXi 4.1. You can configure it.

  1. got to your VMware ESXi host
  2. press Alt-F1
  3. then type “UNSUPPORTED” and press <enter>
  4. login with your root login and password
  5. edit the inetd.conf file by typing “vi /etc/inetd.conf
  6. remove the comment # in front of the SSH lines
  7. reboot your ESXi server
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The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

For a Windows service, you can increase the default time-out setting to allow for the service to start. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry subkey:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type ServicesPipeTimeout, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type the desired time-out value in milliseconds (ms), and then click OK. For example, if the new service time-out should be 60 seconds, type 60000 in the Value data box.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit.
  8. Restart the computer.

Note: You must restart the computer for the Service Control Manager to apply this change.