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?