By default, ESXi supports the use of non-ASCII characters for virtual machine file and directory names. You can disable this support by modifying the /etc/vmware/hostd/config.xml file.

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After you disable this support, you can still enter non-ASCII characters for virtual machine names. vSphere user interfaces will display the virtual machine names in the non-ASCII characters, but ESXi will convert the actual file and directory names to ASCII strings.


  1. Using a text editor, open the /etc/vmware/hostd/config.xml file for the ESXi host.
  2. Within the <config></config> tag, add the following code.


  3. Save and close the file.
  4. Reboot the host.