After installing ESXi first thing to default it is disabled. By enabling it you must strictly know what are you doing. Here are basic steps:

- go to the ESXi console and press alt+F1

- type: unsupported

- enter the root password

- type vi /etc/inetd.conf

- look for the line that starts with #ssh

- uncoment - remove the #

- save /etc/inetd.conf by typing :wq!

- restart the management service /sbin/ restart

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