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VMWare ESXi connect from outside of network through firewall

Wayne Barron
Wayne Barron asked
Hello, all.

I am away from the office quite a bit and would like to be able to remotely access my ESXi server and host systems, in case there is a power outage, while I am away. I will be able to shut down the servers before the battery backup runs out of juice (Added two more batteries to it, will run for about 45+ minutes)

I opened port 903
And pointed it to the IP Address of the ESXi, but it times out.

The Firewall also points to all the web servers, mail, and DNS.
So, I cannot use the ports that are already assigned.

I have VMWare Workstation Pro 15, so I can connect with it, our through a web browser like I currently do right now.

Thank you
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It would be far easier to connect to a remote machine, and use this as a jump machine to manage ESXi.
+1 esxi management requires more than one port.

either you are fluent with the command line, and ssh access will be enough for you, or you rather should use a vpn. chances are your existing firewall features remote vpn access.

create a windows vm on your esxi,

forward port 48239 or some other random port to windowsvm port 3389

and use remote desktop to connect to your windows vm and manage it from there

or you can use teamviewer, logmein, realvnc type of remote desktop software as well.

teamviewer and logmein does not require firewall modification, vnc does.

they are all commercial by the way, after some use they may not work. 

Wayne BarronAuthor, Web Developer
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Andrew and Alptekin.
Thanks for the heads up.
I don't know why I did not think of logging into my system and accessing it from there.
I am going to use Remote Desktop, to login to my Development Laptop.
And use it to remote desktop to all the other machines, to shut them down.

As I said, I don't know why I didn't think of this.
Thanks, guys.
This works great.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Expert of the Year 2017
A much better a safer solution!