No SSH access for vSphere 4.1

After a upgrade to VMware vSphere 4.1 I couldn’t SSH to the Service Console. First I thought the password wasn’t correct, but after checking to login on the console directly I noticed that the password is correct. When I enabled rootlogin in the /etc/ssh/sshd_config -> permitrootlogin yes, I could login as root through SSH, so SSHD was working. So I must be a new security feature in vSphere 4.1. Then I changed the vSphere permission in the vSphere client to for my user to Administrator. After this I was able to SSH to the server. I’m haven’t had the time to check witch feature is responsible for this but I’m going to.

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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