Howto: ESXi SSH Public Key Authentication Posted by fgrehl on February 25, 2014 Leave a comment (3) Go to comments Shell access to an ESXi host provides essential maintenance, configuration and troubleshooting commands. You can use vSphere Certificate Manager to generate Certificate Signing Requests (CSRs). Submit those CSRs to your enterprise CA or to an external certificate authority for signing. You can use the signed certificates with the different supported certificate replacement processes. VMware supports PKCS8 and PKCS1 (RSA keys). When keys are. Instead of generating the keys externally and uploading them, you can create the keys on the ESXi host and download them. See VMware Knowledge Base article 1002866. Enabling SSH and adding SSH keys to the host has inherent risks and is not recommended in a hardened environment. See Disable Authorized (SSH) Keys. I don't want the remote box to prompt for a password, so I want to generate a key pair and copy the.pub key to the remote host. However, the all walkthroughs I can find use the ssh-keygen utility, which is not available in ESXi 5. Is there another method I can use to generate a key pair I can use for this?

  1. Vmware Error Generating Ssh Key Fingerprint Key
  2. Enable Ssh Vmware

You can use SSH keys to restrict, control, and secure access to an ESXi host. By using an SSH key, you can allow trusted users or scripts to log in to a host without specifying a password.

You can copy the SSH key to the host by using the vifs vSphere CLI command. See Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces for information on installing and using the vSphere CLI command set. It is also possible to use HTTPS PUT to copy the SSK key to the host.

Vmware Error Generating Ssh Key Fingerprint Key

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Instead of generating the keys externally and uploading them, you can create the keys on the ESXi host and download them. See VMware Knowledge Base article 1002866.

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Enable Ssh Vmware

Enabling SSH and adding SSH keys to the host has inherent risks and is not recommended in a hardened environment. See Disable Authorized (SSH) Keys.

Note:

For ESXi 5.0 and earlier, a user with an SSH key can access the host even when the host is in lockdown mode. This is fixed in ESXi 5.1.

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