Perform ESXi configuration tasks with the vSphere Client, ESXCLI, or VMware PowerCLI. Log in to the ESXi Shell (formerly Tech Support Mode or TSM) for troubleshooting purposes only.


  1. Log in to the ESXi Shell using one of the following methods.
    • If you have direct access to the host, press Alt+F1 to open the login page on the machine's physical console.
    • If you are connecting to the host remotely, use SSH or another remote console connection to start a session on the host.
  2. Enter a user name and password recognized by the host.