Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892)
The method of opening a command or shell prompt differs between operating systems. Refer to the section that matches the operating system you are using:
This article also explains the process of using a Secure Shell (SSH) utility.
Opening a command or shell prompt
- Click Start > Run.
- Click OK.
exitand press Enter.
The exact method of doing this varies with the distribution and version of Linux operating system in use. If you are looking at a graphical screen, the most common method of getting to a shell prompt is to press Ctrl + Alt + F2. You may have to log in.
Note: To logout, type
exit and press Enter. To return to the graphical interface, press Alt + F7.
- Click Finder.
- Open the
/Applications/Utilitiesfolder by pressing Command + Shift + U.
- Open the Terminal application.
Note: To exit from Terminal, type
exit,press Enter then press Command + Q.
- Open a shell prompt as described above.
ssh <username>@<server>and press Enter.
<username>with a valid user on the remote system that is allowed to login remotely, and replace
<server>with either the hostname or IP address of the remote system.
- The hostname or IP address of the remote system.
- A valid user on the remote system that is allowed to login remotely.
- The password for the user on the remote system.
- If an SSH connection is being established for the first time to the remote host, permission must be given to establish a connection to the system.
If you are unable to establish an SSH connection to an ESX server, see Unable to connect to an ESX host using Secure Shell (SSH) (1003807).