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Upgrade to ESXi 5.0 U1 and now cannot putty

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We've just upgraded from ESX 4 to  ESXi 5.0 U1 and now cannot connect to any hosts via Putty. We can use vClient to connect to the host as root.  What do we need to do to connect via Putty as we need to install some 3rd pary agents.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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I'll answer you question back to front...

Firstly, it's unlikely, you will be able to install 3rd party agents on ESXi,  ESXi is not the same as ESX. ESXi has no "Linux-like" service console to execute the agent software.

Secondly, to enable SSH and ESXi shell, select Host > Configuration > Security Profile > Properties and select ESXi shell and SSH, options and start them.

See this VMware KB also

Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x

Enable SSH and ESXi Shell
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You again!  (:  Cheers!

I want to install the APC UPS powerchute agents so i guess it's going to be quite different from ESX.
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Yes, a very different approach, and a new question.
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