You can use the appliance Direct Console User Interface to enable local and remote access to the appliance Bash shell. Bash shell access enabled through Direct Console User Interface remains enabled for 3600 seconds.


  1. Log in to the Direct Console User Interface of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Options and press Enter.
  3. From the Troubleshooting Mode Options menu, select to enable either Bash shell or SSH.
  4. Press Enter to enable the service.
  5. Press Esc until you return to the main menu of the Direct Console User Interface.

What to do next

Access the vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell for troubleshooting.