vSphere VCSA 6.x – Enabling Bash Shell (SCP Access)

This post was a result of requiring access to the VCSA BASH Shell console in order to perform such functions as certificate-manager (/usr/lib/vmware-vmca/bin/certificate-manager).

The default Shell access when you initially login to the VCSA via SSH is the basic Appliance Shell:

vcsa-cert-1

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VMware PowerCLI – Enable/Disable SSH Per vSphere Cluster

The following script allows the user to Enable/Disable SSH at a per vSphere cluster level. You may download the ‘SSH.ps1‘ script here: SSH.ps1 (Remove the .doc extension).

The script will begin by prompting you to enter the vCenter Host IP Address, username and password. A list of all the available clusters residing in vCenter will be returned, followed by a prompt to enter the cluster name you wish to Enable/Disable SSH for:

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EMC VNXe – Shutdown Procedure


Shutdown via UNISPHERE using the Service Account

VNXe-Shutdown

Please read all notes provided in the ‘More Information..’ section highlighted in the above image before proceeding with shutdown.

Shutdown process as documented in the ‘More Information..’ section:
1. From Unisphere, select Settings > Service System.
2. Enter the Service password to access the Service System page.
3. Under Service Actions, select Shut Down System.
4. Click Execute service action to shut down the storage processors (SPs).
5. In the Service Confirmation dialog box, click OK.
6. Check the status of the shutdown process by looking at the SP LED indicators. The shutdown process is complete when all the Storage Processor Power LEDs are flashing green, the SP Status Fault LED is solid amber, the network management port LEDs are on, and all other Storage Processor LEDs are off.


Shutdown via SSH using the Service Account:

Shutdown command:
svc_shutdown –system-halt

service@(none) spb:~> svc_shutdown --system-halt
###############################################################################
WARNING: This action will shut down the system and you will have to manually
bring it back up afterwards.
###############################################################################
Enter "yes" if want to proceed with this action: yes
Normal Mode
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Peer shutdown now in progress
System shutdown now in progress