This article describes how to upload and copy a set of files to ESXi.
Follow these steps to upload and copy a set of files to ESXi:
Step 1 – Enable SSH on ESXi (One Time)
On the console of the ESXi Server, on the ESXi server’s administration
window where <F2> Configure and <F12> Shutdown/Restart options
display, press ALT+F1 to enter CLI mode.
Enter “unsupported” in the console, and then press Enter.
(Note: You will not see the text you type.) If “unsupported”
is typed correctly, the Tech Support Mode warning and a password prompt
Enter the password for the root login. You will then see the prompt of ~ #.
Edit the file inetd.conf (for example, enter the command vi
Find the line that begins with #ssh and remove the #, and then save the
file. If new to using vi, then move the cursor down to #ssh line and then press
the Insert key. Move the cursor over one space, and then hit backspace to delete
the #. Then press ESC and type in :wq! to save the file and exit vi. If a
mistake is made, press the ESC key and then type it :q! to quit vi without
saving the file.
Once the vi editor is closed, run the command /sbin/services.sh
restart to restart the management services. Now the machine is able to
connect to the ESXi host with an SSH client.
Step 2 – Copy the Files
Use a free tool, such as winscp (http://winscp.net), to copy the export folder to ESXi. Make
sure to change the default encryption cipher from AES to Blowfish to see
significantly faster transfers.