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


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for HPE SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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