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Accessing Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) from an SSH session (2039638)

Purpose

This article provides information on how to access Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) from an SSH session.
 
You may want to access the DCUI if you want to troubleshoot issues and there are no remote management tools available, such as DRAC, iLo, or RSA, to access the ESXi host.

Resolution

Warning: Before accessing the DCUI via SSH session, it is important to note that making any changes to network settings may lead to management issues through vCenter Server, vSphere Client or SSH. Networking changes should only be made through a console session (for example through DRAC, iLO, KVM) to avoid host management issues. Changing network settings using this command may make the host unusable and can necessitate a reboot to recover.
  • To access the DCUI from an SSH session, run this command:

    # dcui

  • To exit the DCUI, press Ctrl+C.

Impact/Risks

Changing network settings using this command may make the host unusable and can necessitate a reboot to recover.

Update History

12/03/2012 - Added ESXi 4.1 to Product Versions.

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