Access the ESXi Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) over SSH
I don’t think I have ever needed to do this in a production environment, but it is helpful for training/teaching when running virtual ESXi hosts in the lab.
First you need to enable and start Remote Tech Support (SSH). This is done for the ESXi Host in Configuration -> Software -> Security Profile
Use an SSH client (putty) to connect to the ESXi host.
Once logged in simply run dcui
~ # dcui
Look familiar? Want to change the color to look like the console – check out this post.
To exit DCUI and return to the prompt use CTRL-C
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Ctrl+C did not work for me. To exit DCUI I had to kill the “dcui” process on ESXi.