VMware ESXi is nice because it is a stripped free version on ESX. The problem is that the only way to manage it is from the VMware .NET GUI. Unless…
On the ESXi console :
unsupported(nothing will appear on the screen) then “Enter”;
- Enter the superuser password ;
- Run the
vi /etc/inetd.confcommand and find the “SSH” related line.
- Uncomment the line and save the changes.
Restart the ESXi server pour apply changes.
Now you should be able to remotely connect to the ESXi server using the SSH protocol.
Source Activer un accès SSH à Vmware ESXi