Grant Shell access (SSH) to Root on ESX 3.5 update 2

If you’d like to allow shell access to the root account on ESX 3.5 Update 2 you need to modify the sshd_config file.

  1. Login into the console using the root account
  2. Edit the sshd_config file

    vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

  3. Find "PermitRootLogin no" and change to "PermitRootLogin yes"
  4. Restart the sshd server

    service sshd restart