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GoodBye from Andysworld! - LogMeIn Free will no longer be available starting Jan 21 2014 @LogMeIn, Hello @TeamViewer!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I logged into  LogMeIn Free this morning, and was greeted with:-

Soon LogMeIn Free will no longer be available.

To continue using remote access, you’ll need to purchase an account subscription of LogMeIn Pro. As a loyal user, you’re entitled to discounted introductory pricing, with packages starting at $49/year for two computers.* Your new account includes our signature remote access with premium features like remote printing, file transfer and cloud data access, plus desktop and mobile apps to improve your experience.
Please note:

If you do not take action, the Free computers highlighted in your account will become inaccessible on 28/01/2014. Only 7 days left!

soon-logmein-free-will-no-longer-availablesoon-logmein-free-will-no-longer-available1Oh, well I’m not paying for it, I’ll move and use Teamviewer or Google Chrome Desktop instead…

Good Luck LogMeIn, but GoodBye from Andysworld!

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HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
In my previous VMware Articles, most featured Intermediate VMware Topics. My next series of articles will concentrate on topics for the VMware Novice; this is the fifth article in this series.

If you would like to read the other articles in this series,  they are listed here for your convenience.

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

In this series of basic VMware articles for the Novice, I’ll be showing you the basic VMware skills required to install, configure and deploy virtual machines using VMware’s FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

In this article we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) so you can remotely connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) server remotely via SSH (PuTTY).

1

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) or vSphere vCenter Server using the vSphere Client

Please refer to my Andysworld! article on HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

  • vSphere-Client-Connected-to-ESXi

vSphere-Client-Connected-to-ESXi

Once connected to the “default hypervisor home page”, click the Inventory icon, to see the server’s Inventory.
  • Click Configuration Tab

Click Configuration Tab

Click the Configuration Tab.
  • Click Security Profile

Click Security Profile

Click Security Profile, followed by Properties
  • Service Properties

Service Properties

The Security Service Properties will be displayed.

SSH Options

Click the SSH label followed by Options button, you will notice the daemon service is currently stopped, this is the default.
  • SSH (TSM-SSH) Options - Click Start

SSH (TSM-SSH) Options - Click Start

The SSH (TSM-SSH) Options will be displayed. Click Start to start the SSH deamon. You can change the options here if you wish to Start and stop the SSH daemon service with the host, or Start automatically if any ports are open, and stop when all ports are closed. Check with your Security IT Policy which is best for you. Opening SSH ports long term can be considered a security risk.
  • SSH Daemon Running

SSH Daemon Running

You will notice the SSH Daemon Status has changed to Running
. Click OK to continue, and Click OK to return to Inventory.

Confirm using PuTTY, you can connect to the server successfully.

In vSphere 4 1, 5.0 and 5.1, when you have enabled Remote SSH management of hosts from the vSphere Client, you may notice that that a Configuration Issues warning yellow box appears on the Summary page of the host ESXi server.

    Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled  Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled

This Configuration Issues warning yellow box only appears when Remote SSH and/or ESXi shell has been enabled.

Please refer to my Andysworld! Article on HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 4.1 U2 or ESXi 5.0 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell

Congratulations, you have successfully Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

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HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 4.1 U2 or ESXi 5.0 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

In vSphere 4 1 and 5.0, you can enable both Remote SSH and the ESXi Shell for management of hosts from the vSphere Client and from the Direct Console User Interface.

You may have noticed that on enabling both Remote SSH and the ESXi Shell for management of hosts from the vSphere Client and from the Direct Console User Interface that a Configuration Issues warning yellow box appears on the Summary page of the host ESXi server.

This Configuration Issues warning yellow box only appears when Remote SSH and/or ESXi shell has been enabled.

Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled

Configuration Issues, SSH and ESXi shell enabled

If you are also connected to a Windows vCenter Server using the vSphere Client, you will also notice there is also a yellow/orange warning triangle displayed on the host server.

vCenter Configuration Issue

vCenter Configuration Issue

There is no vSphere ESXi configuration issue, VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and VMware vSphere vCenter server are indicating there is a possible security issue with your installation, you may not be aware that SSH and ESXi shell have been enabled.

VMware state “This message is a proactive security measure designed to ensure that administrators are aware that remote access has been enabled for the server.”

The only issue, is that the Warning triangle displayed in VMware vSphere vCenter can mask real warning events.

These configuration issues and warnings alert triangle, can be suppressed as follows

1

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) or VMware vSphere vCenter Server

Using the VMware vSphere Client, Login and Connect to the ESXi server, using IP address or hostname of the ESXi server, using root username and password credentials. If you have a VMware vSphere vCenter server, you could also specify IP address or hostname of the vCenter server.

Using the VMware vSphere Client, Login and Connect to the ESXi server

Using the VMware vSphere Client, Login and Connect to the ESXi server

2

Select the Configuration Tab

Once you are logged into and connected to the host ESXi or vCenter server, Select the host ESXi server, followed by the Configuration Tab.

Configuration Tab

Configuration Tab

3

Select the Advanced Settings option

Click the Advanced Settings option at the bottom of the list.

Advanced Settings

Advanced Settings

After Clicking Advanced Settings the following Advanced Settings dialogue box will open as shown in the following screenshot.

UserVars

UserVars

4

Navigate to the UserVars variable

Navigate to and Click the UserVars section.

Set the value of  UserVars.SuppressShellWarning from 0 to 1.

Set the value of UserVars.SuppressShellWarning from 0 to 1.

Set the value of UserVars.SuppressShellWarning from 0 to 1.

Click OK.

The Configuration Issues yellow box in the Summary Page and Warning Triangle will disappear immediately.

Please note: the variable UserVars.SuppressShellWarning is only available in ESXi 4.1 U2, ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 4.1 U2 and 5.0 only.

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