VxRail iDRAC – ESXi Shell Access via DCUI

A very useful benefit of iDRAC Console is that it allows you access to ESXi DCUI thus providing access to the ESXi Shell. The following steps provide detail on how to gain such access to the ESXi Shell which is disabled by default. Of course there are other methods of accessing shell, but it maybe beneficial for example when all your lab VM’s are running behind a firewall and when those VM’s are down the only direct access to the host(s) is via iDRAC … from where you can manage VM’s via the ESXi Shell!

Begin by browsing to the iDRAC Console:

https://idrac_ip/console

Enter the iDRAC creds:

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vCenter Server & PSC Appliances 6.x – Applying Patches (Shell/UI)

The following applies to a vCenter Server Appliance that contains a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, or a Platform Services Controller.

Note: Please perform during a maintenance window as vCSA services will be unavailable.

Appliance Shell

The following steps detail how to apply a vCSA patch directly from an ISO which can be downloaded from:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

Attach the ISO to the vCSA.

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