...hopefully some useful VMware related stuff
Enable SSH in ESXi 3.5 and 4.0
Use the following procedure to enable the ssh functionality in ESXi so you can remotely connect to the host with putty etc.
2. unsupported - (you will not see this appear on the screen)
3. enter the root password
4. vi /etc/inetd.conf
5. delete the “#” from ssh entries
6. services.sh restart / or restart the host
This is a completely unsupported procedure by VMware and is recommended by them only use this mode if directed to by VMware Technical Support.