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.
- 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.
- Enter a user name and password recognized by the host.