To enable access to the vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell by using the vSphere Client, the user you use to log in must be a member of the SystemConfiguration.BashShellAdministrators group. By default, this group is empty and you must add a user to the group manually.


Verify that the user you use to log in to the vCenter Server instance is a member of the SystemConfiguration.Administrators group in the vCenter Single Sign-On domain.


  1. Use the vSphere Client to log in as administrator@your_domain_name to the vCenter Server instance in the vCenter Server Appliance.
    The address is of the type http:// appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN/ui.
  2. On the vSphere Client navigation pane, click Administration > Single Sign On > Users and Groups.
  3. On the Groups tab, click the SystemConfiguration.BashShellAdministrators group and select Edit Group.
  4. In the Edit Group pane, select the domain and search for the user to add.
  5. Double-click users from the list.
  6. Click OK.