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    Setting Up a Serial Port Connection to the VM

    You can set up the ESXi firewall to allow incoming serial port connections so that you can access the VM using telnet.

    To configure the serial port connection for a VM:

    1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server and click the Configuration tab.
    2. Select Security Profile and click Properties next to Firewall.
    3. In the Firewall Properties dialog box, select the VM serial port connected over network box and click OK.
    4. In the left navigation pane, select the VM and and right-click Edit Settings to display the Virtual Machine Properties window. In the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties window, click Add. The Add Hardware wizard is displayed.
      1. For Device Type, select Serial Port and click Next.
      2. For Select Port Type, select the Connect via Network button and click Next.
      3. For Select Network Backing, select the Server button and specify the port number in the Port URI text box in the format telnet://:port-number (for example, telnet://:8601). Click Next.
      4. Click Finish.

    After you have configured the serial port connection, you can access the VM using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command.

    Logging In to VCP

    You can access the serial console using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command, and log in with the username root and no password.

    To disconnect from the console, log out of the session and press Ctrl + ]. At the telnet> prompt, type close and press Enter.

    Logging In to VFP

    You can access the serial console using the telnet esxi-server-ip-address port-number command, and log in with the username root and password root.

    To disconnect from the console, log out of the session and press Ctrl + ]. At the telnet> prompt, type close and press Enter.

    Modified: 2016-01-14