Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance shell for troubleshooting purposes only.


  1. Access the appliance shell using one of the following methods.
    • If you have direct access to the appliance, press Alt+F1.
    • If you want to connect remotely, use SSH or another remote console connection to start a session to the appliance.
  2. Enter a user name and password recognized by the appliance.
  3. In the appliance shell, enter the command pi shell or shell to access the Bash shell.