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Connecting to vCenter Server Virtual Appliance 6.0 using WinSCP fails with the error: Received too large SFTP packet (2115983)

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  • Connecting to vCenter Server Virtual Appliance using WinSCP fails
  • You see the error:

    Received too large (1433299822 B) SFTP packet. Max supported packet size is 1024000 B


This issue occurs when the default shell used for the root account has changed from bash to appliancesh.


This is an expected behavior when appliancesh is used with WinSCP.

To work around this issue:
  1. Use SCP through the bash shell to copy files from the appliance to another Linux machine or ESXi host.
  2. Access the required files using WinSCP.

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