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VMware ESXi 4.0 can NOT get to shell even with local access.

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I am trying to enable to SSH on my ESXi box, unfortunately I can not get to a shell even with local access. Pressing ALT-F1 is supposed to bring you to a prompt but instead I get a banner with a blinking cursor.

I have followed the VMware KB article here: http://tinyurl.com/mz7gjf with no success. I have also tried putting ESX into maintenance mode but that makes no difference. I have tried various different interfaces for local access incl. HP iLO and direct physical access with a ps2 keyboard. I have also rebooted the ESX server several times.

Am I missing something obvious here?

 
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That's the way it works!
Quick validation here: http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/08/10/howto-esxi-and-ssh/
 
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by:Studon
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Sorry for my ignorance! I knew it was something simple that I was missing. THANKS!
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by:Studon
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There seems to be little documentation stating you need to type 'unsupported' before you can logon. I didn't find this anywhere on the VMware site.
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You werent being ignorant ! Blame the technology - never yourself!!!
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