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ID: KB0058
Product Version: 6.0
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016


I cannot back up a VM from a Free ESXi host with SSH access disabled.
How can I enable SSH?


NAKIVO Backup & Replication requires SSH access enabled in Free ESXi hosts.
To enable SSH in ESXi host with vSphere Client, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the host and click the Configuration tab.
  2. Click Security Profile > Properties.
    In ESXi 5.x, select TSM-SSHSSH or ESXi Shell and click Options.
    In ESXi 4.1, select Local Tech Support or Remote Tech Support (SSH) and click Options.
  3. Choose the desired startup policy and click Start, then click OK.
    We recommend choosing Start and stop with host as a startup policy.
  4. Verify that the daemon selected in Step 3 shows as running in the Services Properties window.

 More information on enabling SSH in ESXi host can be found in VMware KB 2004746.

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